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Resident workers - Method of travel to work

The resident workers in Sunshine Coast Council area 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 Sunshine Coast Council area'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
Sunshine Coast Council area 20162011Change
Main method of travelNumber%Queensland %Number%Queensland %2011 to 2016
Car, as driver88,18268.064.174,35765.061.2+13,825
Car, as passenger5,9824.65.36,4875.76.1-505
Train1,0740.83.21,1231.03.5-49
Bus1,8981.53.61,3861.23.9+512
Ferry260.00.1130.00.1+13
Tram150.00.1110.00.0+4
Truck1,3711.10.91,5971.41.3-226
Motorbike/Motor scooter8480.70.97720.70.9+76
Bicycle9760.81.08520.71.1+124
Taxi/Other1060.10.21250.10.2-19
Other - multiple methods1,9891.51.51,6941.51.4+295
Walked only3,2412.53.33,5793.13.7-338
Worked at home9,3507.25.37,7706.84.9+1,580
Did not go to work13,37810.39.713,02911.410.2+349
Not stated1,2020.90.91,5381.31.4-336

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, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries : 68.0% Car, as passenger, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries : 4.6% Train, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries : 0.8% Bus, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries : 1.5% Ferry, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries : 0.0% Tram, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries : 0.0% Truck, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries : 1.1% Motorbike/Motor scooter, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries : 0.7% Bicycle, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries : 0.8% Taxi/Other, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries : 0.1% Other - multiple methods, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries : 1.5% Worked at home, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries : 7.2% Did not go to work, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries : 10.3% Not stated, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries : 0.9%
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, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries: +13,825 Car, as passenger, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries: -505 Train, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries: -49 Bus, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries: +512 Ferry, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries: +13 Tram, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries: +4 Truck, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries: -226 Motorbike/Motor scooter, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries: +76 Bicycle, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries: +124 Taxi/Other, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries: -19 Other - multiple methods, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries: +295 Worked at home, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries: +1,580 Did not go to work, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries: +349 Not stated, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries: -336
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 2,998 resident workers who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in Sunshine Coast Council area, compared with 95,550 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 Sunshine Coast Council area shows that 2.3% used public transport, while 73.7% 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 Sunshine Coast Council area and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers travelled to work by Car, as driver (68.0% compared to 64.1%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers travelled to work by Worked at home (7.2% 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 Sunshine Coast Council area between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Car, as driver (+13,825 people)
  • Worked at home (+1,580 people)
  • Bus (+512 people)
  • Car, as passenger (-505 people)

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