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Resident workers - Method of travel to work

The resident workers in the City of South Perth have a higher proportion of people using public transport to get to work than Western Australia.

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 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
City of South Perth 20162011Change
Main method of travelNumber%Western Australia %Number%Western Australia %2011 to 2016
Car, as driver12,60460.763.312,36758.060.4+237
Car, as passenger8704.24.91,0534.95.8-183
Train7363.54.97373.55.1-1
Bus1,8669.04.32,13310.04.2-267
Ferry340.20.0550.30.0-21
Tram90.00.040.00.0+5
Truck420.20.7720.31.0-30
Motorbike/Motor scooter920.40.51140.50.6-22
Bicycle5192.51.05062.41.1+13
Taxi/Other610.30.2660.30.2-5
Other - multiple methods3381.62.03221.52.0+16
Walked only5142.52.85612.63.3-47
Worked at home1,0094.94.38754.14.0+134
Did not go to work1,9079.210.12,24510.511.0-338
Not stated1560.81.12171.01.4-61

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, Western Australia : 63.3% Car, as passenger, Western Australia : 4.9% Train, Western Australia : 4.9% Bus, Western Australia : 4.3% Ferry, Western Australia : 0.0% Tram, Western Australia : 0.0% Truck, Western Australia : 0.7% Motorbike/Motor scooter, Western Australia : 0.5% Bicycle, Western Australia : 1.0% Taxi/Other, Western Australia : 0.2% Other - multiple methods, Western Australia : 2.0% Worked at home, Western Australia : 4.3% Did not go to work, Western Australia : 10.1% Not stated, Western Australia : 1.1% Car, as driver, City of South Perth - All industries : 60.7% Car, as passenger, City of South Perth - All industries : 4.2% Train, City of South Perth - All industries : 3.5% Bus, City of South Perth - All industries : 9.0% Ferry, City of South Perth - All industries : 0.2% Tram, City of South Perth - All industries : 0.0% Truck, City of South Perth - All industries : 0.2% Motorbike/Motor scooter, City of South Perth - All industries : 0.4% Bicycle, City of South Perth - All industries : 2.5% Taxi/Other, City of South Perth - All industries : 0.3% Other - multiple methods, City of South Perth - All industries : 1.6% Worked at home, City of South Perth - All industries : 4.9% Did not go to work, City of South Perth - All industries : 9.2% Not stated, City of South Perth - All industries : 0.8%
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, City of South Perth - All industries: +237 Car, as passenger, City of South Perth - All industries: -183 Train, City of South Perth - All industries: -1 Bus, City of South Perth - All industries: -267 Ferry, City of South Perth - All industries: -21 Tram, City of South Perth - All industries: +5 Truck, City of South Perth - All industries: -30 Motorbike/Motor scooter, City of South Perth - All industries: -22 Bicycle, City of South Perth - All industries: +13 Taxi/Other, City of South Perth - All industries: -5 Other - multiple methods, City of South Perth - All industries: +16 Worked at home, City of South Perth - All industries: +134 Did not go to work, City of South Perth - All industries: -338 Not stated, City of South Perth - All industries: -61
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 2,636 resident workers who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in City of South Perth, compared with 13,525 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 12.7% used public transport, while 65.2% used a private vehicle, compared with 9.2% and 68.9% respectively in Western Australia.

The major differences between the method of travel to work of the resident workers of the City of South Perth and Western Australia were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers travelled to work by Bus (9.0% compared to 4.3%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers travelled to work by Bicycle (2.5% compared to 1.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers travelled to work by Car, as driver (60.7% compared to 63.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers travelled to work by Train (3.5% compared to 4.9%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the method of travel of work of the resident workers in the City of South Perth between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Did not go to work (-338 people)
  • Bus (-267 people)
  • Car, as driver (+237 people)
  • Car, as passenger (-183 people)

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