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Resident workers - Method of travel to work

The resident workers in the RDA Sunshine Coast Region have a lower proportion of people using public transport to get to work than Queensland.

Maximising access to employment is a key objective in any economic development strategy. Understanding the modes of transport the RDA Sunshine Coast Region's local resident workers use (either within or outside the local area), informs decision-makers about the effectiveness of transport modes, routes and availability of local public transport.

There are a number of reasons why people use different Modes of Transport to get to work including:

  • The availability of affordable and effective public transport options between place of residence and place of work;
  • The number of motor vehicles available within a household; and
  • The travel distance to work, which for example, can allow people to walk or bicycle to their place of employment.

Method of Travel to Work data should be viewed in conjunction with Residents place of work and for a clearer picture of where working residents are employed.

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 and 2016 – by place of work

Resident workers method of travel to work
RDA Sunshine Coast Region 20162011Change
Main method of travelNumber%Queensland %Number%Queensland %2011 to 2016
Car, as driver102,20667.464.187,15564.561.2+15,051
Car, as passenger6,9874.65.37,5585.66.1-571
Train1,1470.83.21,1860.93.5-39
Bus2,3041.53.61,6901.33.9+614
Ferry350.00.1160.00.1+19
Tram200.00.1150.00.0+5
Truck1,5711.00.91,8441.41.3-273
Motorbike/Motor scooter1,0860.70.99990.70.9+87
Bicycle1,1600.81.01,0730.81.1+87
Taxi/Other1280.10.21570.10.2-29
Other - multiple methods2,3681.61.52,0071.51.4+361
Walked only3,9082.63.34,2973.23.7-389
Worked at home11,6427.75.39,7177.24.9+1,925
Did not go to work15,64210.39.715,49311.510.2+149
Not stated1,4511.00.91,8681.41.4-417

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Resident workers method of travel to work, 2016
Resident workers method of travel to work, 2016 Car, as driver, Queensland : 64.1% Car, as passenger, Queensland : 5.3% Train, Queensland : 3.2% Bus, Queensland : 3.6% Ferry, Queensland : 0.1% Tram, Queensland : 0.1% Truck, Queensland : 0.9% Motorbike/Motor scooter, Queensland : 0.9% Bicycle, Queensland : 1.0% Taxi/Other, Queensland : 0.2% Other - multiple methods, Queensland : 1.5% Worked at home, Queensland : 5.3% Did not go to work, Queensland : 9.7% Not stated, Queensland : 0.9% Car, as driver, RDA Sunshine Coast Region - All industries : 67.4% Car, as passenger, RDA Sunshine Coast Region - All industries : 4.6% Train, RDA Sunshine Coast Region - All industries : 0.8% Bus, RDA Sunshine Coast Region - All industries : 1.5% Ferry, RDA Sunshine Coast Region - All industries : 0.0% Tram, RDA Sunshine Coast Region - All industries : 0.0% Truck, RDA Sunshine Coast Region - All industries : 1.0% Motorbike/Motor scooter, RDA Sunshine Coast Region - All industries : 0.7% Bicycle, RDA Sunshine Coast Region - All industries : 0.8% Taxi/Other, RDA Sunshine Coast Region - All industries : 0.1% Other - multiple methods, RDA Sunshine Coast Region - All industries : 1.6% Worked at home, RDA Sunshine Coast Region - All industries : 7.7% Did not go to work, RDA Sunshine Coast Region - All industries : 10.3% Not stated, RDA Sunshine Coast Region - All industries : 1.0%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in resident workers method of travel to work, 2011 to 2016
Change in resident workers method of travel to work, 2011 to 2016 Car, as driver, RDA Sunshine Coast Region - All industries: +15,051 Car, as passenger, RDA Sunshine Coast Region - All industries: -571 Train, RDA Sunshine Coast Region - All industries: -39 Bus, RDA Sunshine Coast Region - All industries: +614 Ferry, RDA Sunshine Coast Region - All industries: +19 Tram, RDA Sunshine Coast Region - All industries: +5 Truck, RDA Sunshine Coast Region - All industries: -273 Motorbike/Motor scooter, RDA Sunshine Coast Region - All industries: +87 Bicycle, RDA Sunshine Coast Region - All industries: +87 Taxi/Other, RDA Sunshine Coast Region - All industries: -29 Other - multiple methods, RDA Sunshine Coast Region - All industries: +361 Worked at home, RDA Sunshine Coast Region - All industries: +1,925 Did not go to work, RDA Sunshine Coast Region - All industries: +149 Not stated, RDA Sunshine Coast Region - All industries: -417
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

In 2016, there were 3,486 resident workers who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in RDA Sunshine Coast Region, compared with 110,784 who drove in private vehicles (car – as driver, car – as passenger, motorbike, or truck).

Analysis of the method of travel to work of the resident workers in the RDA Sunshine Coast Region shows that 2.3% used public transport, while 73.1% used a private vehicle, compared with 6.9% and 70.4% respectively in Queensland.

The major differences between the method of travel to work of the resident workers of the RDA Sunshine Coast Region and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers travelled to work by Car, as driver (67.4% compared to 64.1%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers travelled to work by Worked at home (7.7% compared to 5.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers travelled to work by Train (0.8% compared to 3.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers travelled to work by Bus (1.5% compared to 3.6%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the method of travel of work of the resident workers in the RDA Sunshine Coast Region between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Car, as driver (+15,051 people)
  • Worked at home (+1,925 people)
  • Bus (+614 people)
  • Car, as passenger (-571 people)

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