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Resident workers - Method of travel to work

The resident workers in Sutherland Shire have a higher proportion of people using public transport to get to work than New South Wales.

Maximising access to employment is a key objective in any economic development strategy. Understanding the modes of transport Sutherland Shire'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
Sutherland Shire 20162011Change
Main method of travelNumber%New South Wales %Number%New South Wales %2011 to 2016
Car, as driver68,21360.557.867,15960.857.6+1,054
Car, as passenger3,6503.24.34,3904.05.0-740
Train18,32216.211.215,55914.19.3+2,763
Bus6470.64.45580.54.2+89
Ferry180.00.2210.00.2-3
Tram120.00.1190.00.0-7
Truck1,0270.91.01,1811.11.2-154
Motorbike/Motor scooter4590.40.64740.40.6-15
Bicycle4220.40.74480.40.7-26
Taxi/Other1190.10.21030.10.2+16
Other - multiple methods1,0300.91.28750.81.1+155
Walked only2,4042.13.92,3142.14.1+90
Worked at home5,1114.54.84,3674.04.6+744
Did not go to work10,5199.38.711,55110.59.5-1,032
Not stated8180.71.01,4441.31.5-626

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, New South Wales : 57.8% Car, as passenger, New South Wales : 4.3% Train, New South Wales : 11.2% Bus, New South Wales : 4.4% Ferry, New South Wales : 0.2% Tram, New South Wales : 0.1% Truck, New South Wales : 1.0% Motorbike/Motor scooter, New South Wales : 0.6% Bicycle, New South Wales : 0.7% Taxi/Other, New South Wales : 0.2% Other - multiple methods, New South Wales : 1.2% Worked at home, New South Wales : 4.8% Did not go to work, New South Wales : 8.7% Not stated, New South Wales : 1.0% Car, as driver, Sutherland Shire - All industries : 60.5% Car, as passenger, Sutherland Shire - All industries : 3.2% Train, Sutherland Shire - All industries : 16.2% Bus, Sutherland Shire - All industries : 0.6% Ferry, Sutherland Shire - All industries : 0.0% Tram, Sutherland Shire - All industries : 0.0% Truck, Sutherland Shire - All industries : 0.9% Motorbike/Motor scooter, Sutherland Shire - All industries : 0.4% Bicycle, Sutherland Shire - All industries : 0.4% Taxi/Other, Sutherland Shire - All industries : 0.1% Other - multiple methods, Sutherland Shire - All industries : 0.9% Worked at home, Sutherland Shire - All industries : 4.5% Did not go to work, Sutherland Shire - All industries : 9.3% Not stated, Sutherland Shire - All industries : 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 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, Sutherland Shire - All industries: +1,054 Car, as passenger, Sutherland Shire - All industries: -740 Train, Sutherland Shire - All industries: +2,763 Bus, Sutherland Shire - All industries: +89 Ferry, Sutherland Shire - All industries: -3 Tram, Sutherland Shire - All industries: -7 Truck, Sutherland Shire - All industries: -154 Motorbike/Motor scooter, Sutherland Shire - All industries: -15 Bicycle, Sutherland Shire - All industries: -26 Taxi/Other, Sutherland Shire - All industries: +16 Other - multiple methods, Sutherland Shire - All industries: +155 Worked at home, Sutherland Shire - All industries: +744 Did not go to work, Sutherland Shire - All industries: -1,032 Not stated, Sutherland Shire - All industries: -626
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 18,987 resident workers who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in Sutherland Shire, compared with 72,902 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 Sutherland Shire shows that 16.8% used public transport, while 64.6% used a private vehicle, compared with 15.8% and 63.1% respectively in New South Wales.

The major differences between the method of travel to work of the resident workers of Sutherland Shire and New South Wales were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers travelled to work by Train (16.2% compared to 11.2%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers travelled to work by Car, as driver (60.5% compared to 57.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers travelled to work by Bus (0.6% compared to 4.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers travelled to work by Walked only (2.1% compared to 3.9%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the method of travel of work of the resident workers in Sutherland Shire between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Train (+2,763 people)
  • Car, as driver (+1,054 people)
  • Did not go to work (-1,032 people)
  • Worked at home (+744 people)

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