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Resident workers - Method of travel to work

The resident workers in the Southern Downs Regional Council have a lower proportion of people using public transport to get to work than Queensland.

Maximising access to employment is a key objective in any economic development strategy. Understanding the modes of transport the Southern Downs Regional Council'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
Southern Downs Regional Council 20162011Change
Main method of travelNumber%Queensland %Number%Queensland %2011 to 2016
Car, as driver9,06564.364.18,70560.761.2+360
Car, as passenger8746.25.31,0537.36.1-179
Train120.13.2140.13.5-2
Bus420.33.6500.33.9-8
Ferry00.00.130.00.1-3
Tram00.00.100.00.00
Truck2691.90.93102.21.3-41
Motorbike/Motor scooter860.60.91110.80.9-25
Bicycle760.51.01110.81.1-35
Taxi/Other320.20.2310.20.2+1
Other - multiple methods2151.51.51951.41.4+20
Walked only6634.73.37355.13.7-72
Worked at home1,2088.65.31,2808.94.9-72
Did not go to work1,3609.69.71,51910.610.2-159
Not stated1981.40.92251.61.4-27

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, Queensland : 64.1% Car, as passenger, Queensland : 5.3% Train, Queensland : 3.2% Bus, Queensland : 3.6% Ferry, Queensland : 0.1% Tram, Queensland : 0.1% Truck, Queensland : 0.9% Motorbike/Motor scooter, Queensland : 0.9% Bicycle, Queensland : 1.0% Taxi/Other, Queensland : 0.2% Other - multiple methods, Queensland : 1.5% Worked at home, Queensland : 5.3% Did not go to work, Queensland : 9.7% Not stated, Queensland : 0.9% Car, as driver, Southern Downs Regional Council - All industries : 64.3% Car, as passenger, Southern Downs Regional Council - All industries : 6.2% Train, Southern Downs Regional Council - All industries : 0.1% Bus, Southern Downs Regional Council - All industries : 0.3% Ferry, Southern Downs Regional Council - All industries : 0.0% Tram, Southern Downs Regional Council - All industries : 0.0% Truck, Southern Downs Regional Council - All industries : 1.9% Motorbike/Motor scooter, Southern Downs Regional Council - All industries : 0.6% Bicycle, Southern Downs Regional Council - All industries : 0.5% Taxi/Other, Southern Downs Regional Council - All industries : 0.2% Other - multiple methods, Southern Downs Regional Council - All industries : 1.5% Worked at home, Southern Downs Regional Council - All industries : 8.6% Did not go to work, Southern Downs Regional Council - All industries : 9.6% Not stated, Southern Downs Regional Council - All industries : 1.4%
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, Southern Downs Regional Council - All industries: +360 Car, as passenger, Southern Downs Regional Council - All industries: -179 Train, Southern Downs Regional Council - All industries: -2 Bus, Southern Downs Regional Council - All industries: -8 Ferry, Southern Downs Regional Council - All industries: -3 Tram, Southern Downs Regional Council - All industries: 0 Truck, Southern Downs Regional Council - All industries: -41 Motorbike/Motor scooter, Southern Downs Regional Council - All industries: -25 Bicycle, Southern Downs Regional Council - All industries: -35 Taxi/Other, Southern Downs Regional Council - All industries: +1 Other - multiple methods, Southern Downs Regional Council - All industries: +20 Worked at home, Southern Downs Regional Council - All industries: -72 Did not go to work, Southern Downs Regional Council - All industries: -159 Not stated, Southern Downs Regional Council - All industries: -27
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 54 resident workers who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in Southern Downs Regional Council, compared with 10,208 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 Southern Downs Regional Council shows that 0.4% used public transport, while 72.4% used a private vehicle, compared with 6.9% and 70.4% respectively in Queensland.

The major differences between the method of travel to work of the resident workers of the Southern Downs Regional Council and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers travelled to work by Worked at home (8.6% compared to 5.3%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers travelled to work by Walked only (4.7% compared to 3.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers travelled to work by Bus (0.3% compared to 3.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers travelled to work by Train (0.1% compared to 3.2%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the method of travel of work of the resident workers in the Southern Downs Regional Council between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Car, as driver (+360 people)
  • Car, as passenger (-179 people)
  • Did not go to work (-159 people)
  • Walked only (-72 people)

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