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Resident workers - Method of travel to work - All industries

Within the Sunshine Coast Council area, there is a lower proportion of resident All industries workers using public transport to get to work than the Queensland workforce.

Maximising access to employment is a key objective in any economic development strategy. Understanding the modes of transport the 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 resident place of work for a clearer picture of where working residents are employed.

Data source

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 (experimental imputed) & 2016 – by place of work

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Resident workers method of travel to work
Sunshine Coast Council area 20162011Change
Main method of travelNumber%. Queensland%Number%. Queensland%2011 - 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
Total 129,638100.0100.0114,333100.0100.0+15,305

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

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Dominant groups

In 2016, there were 3,013 resident workers who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in the Sunshine Coast Council area, compared with 96,383 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 Sunshine Coast Council area shows that 2.3% used public transport, while 74.3% used a private vehicle, compared with 7.0% and 71.2% respectively in Queensland.

The major differences between the method of travel to work of the resident workers in the Sunshine Coast Council area and the Queensland workforce were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers who travelled by car, as driver (68.0% compared to 64.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers who travelled by train (0.8% compared to 3.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers who travelled by bus (1.5% compared to 3.6%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers who worked at home (7.2% compared to 5.3%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the method of travel to work of the resident workers in the Sunshine Coast Council area between 2011 and 2016 were:

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

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