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Local workers - Method of travel to work - All industries

Within Whyalla District, there is a lower proportion of local workers using public transport to get to work than South Australia.

This data reveals the main modes of transport used by local workers in a particular industry to get to work. Workforce transport data for Whyalla District 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 Whyalla District, and Employment locations for the Destination Zones they work in and how they arrive there.

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 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. However this dataset is NOT available at the Local Government Area level, and had to be matched using a best fit of work destination zones (DZNs) to the current LGA boundaries. Whyalla District is one area for which there is no good match of 2011 DZNs to 2016 LGA boundaries, so there is no reasonable data comparison between 2011 and 2016 for this area. 2011 data has been turned off and is currently unavailable for comparison for Whyalla District.

Local workers method of travel to work
Whyalla District - All industries2016
Main method of travelNumber%South Australia %
Car, as driver5,41068.866.2
Car, as passenger4996.44.5
Motorbike/Motor scooter630.80.5
Other - multiple methods901.11.4
Walked only3134.02.7
Worked at home1021.34.4
Did not go to work1,00812.810.7
Not stated670.90.9

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 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, South Australia: 66.2% Car, as passenger, South Australia: 4.5% Train, South Australia: 1.9% Bus, South Australia: 4.7% Ferry, South Australia: 0.0% Tram, South Australia: 0.4% Truck, South Australia: 0.6% Motorbike/Motor scooter, South Australia: 0.5% Bicycle, South Australia: 1.0% Taxi/Other, South Australia: 0.2% Other - multiple methods, South Australia: 1.4% Worked at home, South Australia: 4.4% Did not go to work, South Australia: 10.7% Not stated, South Australia: 0.9% Car, as driver, Whyalla District: 68.8% Car, as passenger, Whyalla District: 6.4% Train, Whyalla District: 0.0% Bus, Whyalla District: 2.0% Ferry, Whyalla District: 0.0% Tram, Whyalla District: 0.0% Truck, Whyalla District: 0.3% Motorbike/Motor scooter, Whyalla District: 0.8% Bicycle, Whyalla District: 1.0% Taxi/Other, Whyalla District: 0.4% Other - multiple methods, Whyalla District: 1.1% Worked at home, Whyalla District: 1.3% Did not go to work, Whyalla District: 12.8% Not stated, Whyalla District: 0.9%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

In 2016, there were 164 people in the who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in Whyalla District, compared with 5,935 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 Whyalla District in 2016 compared to South Australia shows that 2.1% used public transport, while 75.5% used a private vehicle, compared with 6.5% and 71.7% respectively in South Australia.

The major differences between the method of travel to work of the workforce in Whyalla District and South Australia were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers Car, as driver (68.8% compared to 66.2%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers Did not go to work (12.8% compared to 10.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers Worked at home (1.3% compared to 4.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers Bus (2.0% compared to 4.7%)

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