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Resident workers - Method of travel to work

The resident workers in the RDA Wide Bay Burnett 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 Wide Bay Burnett 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 Wide Bay Burnett Region 20162011Change
Main method of travelNumber%Queensland %Number%Queensland %2011 to 2016
Car, as driver66,66666.864.163,33163.261.2+3,335
Car, as passenger6,0016.05.37,1677.26.1-1,166
Train890.13.2880.13.5+1
Bus1,1001.13.61,1731.23.9-73
Ferry370.00.1260.00.1+11
Tram00.00.130.00.0-3
Truck1,3611.40.91,7071.71.3-346
Motorbike/Motor scooter8880.90.91,0761.10.9-188
Bicycle7350.71.09891.01.1-254
Taxi/Other1250.10.21430.10.2-18
Other - multiple methods1,3521.41.51,5591.61.4-207
Walked only3,5603.63.34,0614.13.7-501
Worked at home6,3346.35.36,3696.44.9-35
Did not go to work10,28910.39.710,70610.710.2-417
Not stated1,3101.30.91,7671.81.4-457

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 Wide Bay Burnett Region - All industries : 66.8% Car, as passenger, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region - All industries : 6.0% Train, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region - All industries : 0.1% Bus, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region - All industries : 1.1% Ferry, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region - All industries : 0.0% Tram, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region - All industries : 0.0% Truck, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region - All industries : 1.4% Motorbike/Motor scooter, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region - All industries : 0.9% Bicycle, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region - All industries : 0.7% Taxi/Other, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region - All industries : 0.1% Other - multiple methods, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region - All industries : 1.4% Worked at home, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region - All industries : 6.3% Did not go to work, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region - All industries : 10.3% Not stated, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region - All industries : 1.3%
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 Wide Bay Burnett Region - All industries: +3,335 Car, as passenger, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region - All industries: -1,166 Train, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region - All industries: +1 Bus, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region - All industries: -73 Ferry, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region - All industries: +11 Tram, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region - All industries: -3 Truck, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region - All industries: -346 Motorbike/Motor scooter, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region - All industries: -188 Bicycle, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region - All industries: -254 Taxi/Other, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region - All industries: -18 Other - multiple methods, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region - All industries: -207 Worked at home, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region - All industries: -35 Did not go to work, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region - All industries: -417 Not stated, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region - All industries: -457
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 1,226 resident workers who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region, compared with 74,028 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 Wide Bay Burnett Region shows that 1.2% used public transport, while 74.1% 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 Wide Bay Burnett Region and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers travelled to work by Car, as driver (66.8% compared to 64.1%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers travelled to work by Worked at home (6.3% compared to 5.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers travelled to work by Train (0.1% compared to 3.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers travelled to work by Bus (1.1% compared to 3.6%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the method of travel of work of the resident workers in the RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Car, as driver (+3,335 people)
  • Car, as passenger (-1,166 people)
  • Walked only (-501 people)
  • Did not go to work (-417 people)

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