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Local workers - Method of travel to work - All industries

Within the RDA Sunshine Coast Region, the have a lower proportion of people using public transport to get to work than Queensland.

This data reveals the main modes of transport used by local workers in a particular industry to get to work. Workforce transport data for the RDA Sunshine Coast Region is very useful in transport planning as it informs decision-makers about the effectiveness and availability of 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 (For instance, industries located near railway stations are likely to have higher public transport use than those located away from main public transport routes);
  • The number of motor vehicles available from 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 Workers pace of residence and Residents Place of work for a clearer picture of where people come from to work in the the RDA Sunshine Coast Region, and Employment locations for the Destination Zones they work in and how they arrive there.

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

Please note – The 2016 Census used a new methodology to “impute” a work location to people who didn’t state their workplace address. As a result, 2016 and 2011 place of work data are not normally comparable. To allow comparison between 2011 and 2016, .id has sourced a 2011 dataset from the ABS which was experimentally imputed using the same methodology. To provide this detail, RDA Sunshine Coast Region in 2011 had to be constructed from a best fit of Work Destination Zones (DZNs). While it may not be an exact match to the LGA or region boundary, it is considered close enough to allow some comparison. Users should treat this time series data with caution, however, and not compare directly with 2011 data from any other source.

Local workers method of travel to work
RDA Sunshine Coast Region - All industries20162011Change
Main method of travelNumber%Queensland %Number%Queensland %2011 to 2016
Car, as driver89,90668.664.375,82265.661.3+14,084
Car, as passenger6,0224.65.36,4245.66.1-402
Train2080.23.21870.23.5+21
Bus1,5171.23.41,1541.03.8+363
Ferry160.00.130.00.1+13
Tram80.00.160.00.0+2
Truck1,0260.80.91,1911.01.3-165
Motorbike/Motor scooter1,0070.80.99120.80.9+95
Bicycle1,1290.91.01,0010.91.1+128
Taxi/Other950.10.21230.10.2-28
Other - multiple methods1,5351.21.51,2741.11.4+261
Walked only3,4762.73.33,7813.33.7-305
Worked at home11,0288.45.39,2478.04.9+1,781
Did not go to work12,7999.89.712,89011.210.2-91
Not stated1,2220.90.91,5861.41.4-364

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

Local workers method of travel to work, 2016
Local workers method of travel to work, 2016 Car, as driver, Queensland: 64.3% Car, as passenger, Queensland: 5.3% Train, Queensland: 3.2% Bus, Queensland: 3.4% 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: 68.6% Car, as passenger, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: 4.6% Train, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: 0.2% Bus, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: 1.2% Ferry, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: 0.0% Tram, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: 0.0% Truck, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: 0.8% Motorbike/Motor scooter, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: 0.8% Bicycle, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: 0.9% Taxi/Other, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: 0.1% Other - multiple methods, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: 1.2% Worked at home, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: 8.4% Did not go to work, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: 9.8% Not stated, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: 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 local workers method of travel to work, 2011 to 2016
Change in local workers method of travel to work, 2011 to 2016 Car, as driver, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: +14,084 Car, as passenger, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: -402 Train, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: +21 Bus, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: +363 Ferry, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: +13 Tram, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: +2 Truck, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: -165 Motorbike/Motor scooter, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: +95 Bicycle, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: +128 Taxi/Other, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: -28 Other - multiple methods, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: +261 Worked at home, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: +1,781 Did not go to work, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: -91 Not stated, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: -364
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 1,741 people in the who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in RDA Sunshine Coast Region, compared with 96,962 who drove in private vehicles (car – as driver, car – as passenger, motorbike, or truck).

Analysis of the method of travel to work of the in the RDA Sunshine Coast Region in 2016 compared to Queensland shows that 1.3% used public transport, while 74.0% used a private vehicle, compared with 6.8% and 70.6% respectively in Queensland.

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

  • A larger percentage of local workers who travelled by car (as driver) (68.6% compared to 64.3%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers who worked at home (8.4% compared to 5.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers who travelled by train (0.2% compared to 3.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers who travelled by bus (1.2% compared to 3.4%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Car, as driver (+14,084 local workers)
  • Worked at home (+1,781 local workers)
  • Car, as passenger (-402 local workers)
  • Bus (+363 local workers)

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