City of Rockingham
Resident workers - Method of travel to work - All industries
Maximising access to employment is a key objective in any economic development strategy. Understanding the modes of transport the City of Rockingham'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.
Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2016 & 2021 – by place of work
|Resident workers method of travel to work|
|City of Rockingham||2021||2016||Change|
|Main method of travel||Number||%||Western Australia%||Number||%||Western Australia%||2016 - 2021|
|Car, as driver||40,060||63.6||62.6||35,187||64.2||63.3||+4,873|
|Car, as passenger||2,987||4.7||4.7||2,691||4.9||4.9||+296|
|Other - multiple methods||1,373||2.2||1.5||1,600||2.9||2.0||-227|
|Worked at home||3,550||5.6||7.5||1,582||2.9||4.3||+1,968|
|Did not go to work||8,805||14.0||11.7||6,495||11.8||10.1||+2,310|
Please refer to specific data notes for more information
In 2021, there were 4,371 resident workers who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in the City of Rockingham, compared with 43,520 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 City of Rockingham shows that 6.9% used public transport, while 69.1% used a private vehicle, compared with 7.4% and 68.2% respectively in Western Australia.
The major differences between the method of travel to work of the resident workers in the City of Rockingham and the Western Australia workforce were:
- A larger percentage of resident workers who did not go to work (14.0% compared to 11.7%)
- A smaller percentage of resident workers who worked at home (5.6% compared to 7.5%)
- A smaller percentage of resident workers who travelled by bus (2.1% compared to 3.3%)
- A larger percentage of resident workers who travelled by car, as driver (63.6% compared to 62.6%)
The largest changes in the method of travel to work of the resident workers in the City of Rockingham between 2016 and 2021 were:
- Car, as driver (+4,873 resident workers)
- Did not go to work (+2,310 resident workers)
- Worked at home (+1,968 resident workers)
- Train (-399 resident workers)