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Local workers - Method of travel to work - All industries

Within the City of South Perth, the have a lower proportion of people using public transport to get to work than Western Australia.

This data reveals the main modes of transport used by local workers in a particular industry to get to work. Workforce transport data for the City of South Perth is very useful in transport planning as it informs decision-makers about the effectiveness and availability of 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 (For instance, industries located near railway stations are likely to have higher public transport use than those located away from main public transport routes);
  • The number of motor vehicles available from 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 Workers pace of residence and Residents Place of work for a clearer picture of where people come from to work in the the City of South Perth, and Employment locations for the Destination Zones they work in and how they arrive there.

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 (experimental imputed) & 2016 – by place of work

Please note – The 2016 Census used a new methodology to “impute” a work location to people who didn’t state their workplace address. As a result, 2016 and 2011 place of work data are not normally comparable. To allow comparison between 2011 and 2016, .id has sourced a 2011 dataset from the ABS which was experimentally imputed using the same methodology. To provide this detail, City of South Perth in 2011 had to be constructed from a best fit of Work Destination Zones (DZNs). While it may not be an exact match to the LGA or region boundary, it is considered close enough to allow some comparison. Users should treat this time series data with caution, however, and not compare directly with 2011 data from any other source.

Local workers method of travel to work
City of South Perth - All industries20162011Change
Main method of travelNumber%Western Australia %Number%Western Australia %2011 to 2016
Car, as driver8,81568.662.98,01665.160.1+799
Car, as passenger5013.94.94723.85.8+29
Train2341.84.92972.45.1-63
Bus2912.34.53342.74.3-43
Ferry40.00.070.10.0-3
Tram00.00.030.00.0-3
Truck320.20.7370.31.0-5
Motorbike/Motor scooter390.30.5620.50.6-23
Bicycle1601.21.01791.51.1-19
Taxi/Other280.20.2270.20.2+1
Other - multiple methods1581.22.11551.32.1+3
Walked only3712.92.83773.13.3-6
Worked at home9447.34.28216.74.0+123
Did not go to work1,1799.210.21,38311.211.1-204
Not stated920.71.11431.21.4-51

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Local workers method of travel to work, 2016
Local workers method of travel to work, 2016 Car, as driver, Western Australia: 62.9% Car, as passenger, Western Australia: 4.9% Train, Western Australia: 4.9% Bus, Western Australia: 4.5% 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: 2.1% Worked at home, Western Australia: 4.2% Did not go to work, Western Australia: 10.2% Not stated, Western Australia: 1.1% Car, as driver, City of South Perth: 68.6% Car, as passenger, City of South Perth: 3.9% Train, City of South Perth: 1.8% Bus, City of South Perth: 2.3% Ferry, City of South Perth: 0.0% Tram, City of South Perth: 0.0% Truck, City of South Perth: 0.2% Motorbike/Motor scooter, City of South Perth: 0.3% Bicycle, City of South Perth: 1.2% Taxi/Other, City of South Perth: 0.2% Other - multiple methods, City of South Perth: 1.2% Worked at home, City of South Perth: 7.3% Did not go to work, City of South Perth: 9.2% Not stated, City of South Perth: 0.7%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in local workers method of travel to work, 2011 to 2016
Change in local workers method of travel to work, 2011 to 2016 Car, as driver, City of South Perth: +799 Car, as passenger, City of South Perth: +29 Train, City of South Perth: -63 Bus, City of South Perth: -43 Ferry, City of South Perth: -3 Tram, City of South Perth: -3 Truck, City of South Perth: -5 Motorbike/Motor scooter, City of South Perth: -23 Bicycle, City of South Perth: -19 Taxi/Other, City of South Perth: +1 Other - multiple methods, City of South Perth: +3 Worked at home, City of South Perth: +123 Did not go to work, City of South Perth: -204 Not stated, City of South Perth: -51
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 529 people in the who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in City of South Perth, compared with 9,348 who drove in private vehicles (car – as driver, car – as passenger, motorbike, or truck).

Analysis of the method of travel to work of the in the City of South Perth in 2016 compared to Western Australia shows that 4.1% used public transport, while 72.8% used a private vehicle, compared with 9.4% and 68.5% respectively in Western Australia.

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

  • A larger percentage of local workers who travelled by car (as driver) (68.6% compared to 62.9%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers who worked at home (7.3% compared to 4.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers who travelled by train (1.8% compared to 4.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers who travelled by bus (2.3% compared to 4.5%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Car, as driver (+799 local workers)
  • Did not go to work (-204 local workers)
  • Worked at home (+123 local workers)
  • Train (-63 local workers)

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