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Copper Coast Council area

Resident workers - Method of travel to work - All industries

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

Maximising access to employment is a key objective in any economic development strategy. Understanding the modes of transport Copper 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
Copper Coast Council area 20162011Change
Main method of travelNumber%. South Australia%Number%. South Australia%2011 - 2016
Car, as driver3,35167.566.03,11564.563.8+236
Car, as passenger2655.34.62775.75.3-12
Train001.9001.6--
Bus260.54.7230.54.8+3
Ferry000.0000.0--
Tram000.4000.3--
Truck541.10.6731.50.8-19
Motorbike/Motor scooter160.30.5230.50.5-7
Bicycle180.41.0290.61.0-11
Taxi/Other30.10.230.10.2--
Other - multiple methods831.71.5871.81.5-4
Walked only1893.82.82354.93.2-46
Worked at home2404.84.42304.84.2+10
Did not go to work64513.010.765613.611.4-11
Not stated751.50.9781.61.4-3
Total 4,965100.0100.04,829100.0100.0+136

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 26 resident workers who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in Copper Coast Council area, compared with 3,686 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 Copper Coast Council area shows that 0.5% used public transport, while 74.2% used a private vehicle, compared with 7.0% and 71.6% respectively in South Australia.

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

  • A smaller percentage of resident workers who travelled by bus (0.5% compared to 4.7%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers who did not go to work (13.0% compared to 10.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers who travelled by train (0% compared to 1.9%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers who travelled by car, as driver (67.5% compared to 66.0%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Car, as driver (+236 resident workers)
  • Walked only (-46 resident workers)
  • Truck (-19 resident workers)
  • Car, as passenger (-12 resident workers)

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