City of South Perth

Resident workers - Method of travel to work - All industries

Within the City of South Perth, there is a higher proportion of resident All industries workers using public transport to get to work than the Western Australia workforce.

Maximising access to employment is a key objective in any economic development strategy. Understanding the modes of transport the City of South Perth'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 2016 & 2021 – by place of work

Select industry:
Current benchmark:
Resident workers method of travel to work
City of South Perth20212016Change
Main method of travelNumber%. Western Australia%Number%. Western Australia%2016 - 2021
Car, as driver13,37758.062.612,60460.763.3+773
Car, as passenger1,0264.44.78704.24.9+156
Motorbike/Motor scooter590.30.3920.40.5-33
Other - multiple methods2481.11.53381.62.0-90
Walked only3811.72.25142.52.8-133
Worked at home2,37810.37.51,0094.94.3+1,369
Did not go to work2,49010.811.71,9079.210.1+583
Not stated910.40.51560.81.1-65
Total 23,078100.0100.020,757100.0100.0+2,321

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2016 and 2021. Compiled and presented by .id (informed decisions)

Please refer to specific data notes for more information
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Dominant groups

In 2021, there were 2,448 resident workers who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in the City of South Perth, compared with 14,500 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 South Perth shows that 10.6% used public transport, while 62.8% 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 South Perth and the Western Australia workforce were:

  • A smaller percentage of resident workers who travelled by car, as driver (58.0% compared to 62.6%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers who travelled by bus (7.7% compared to 3.3%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers who worked at home (10.3% compared to 7.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers who travelled by train (2.9% compared to 4.0%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the method of travel to work of the resident workers in the City of South Perth between 2016 and 2021 were:

  • Worked at home (+1,369 resident workers)
  • Car, as driver (+773 resident workers)
  • Did not go to work (+583 resident workers)
  • Bicycle (-172 resident workers)

City of South Perth

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