City of Swan

Resident workers - Method of travel to work - All industries

Within the City of Swan, there is a lower 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 Swan'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 2011 (experimental imputed) & 2016 – by place of work

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Resident workers method of travel to work
City of Swan 20162011Change
Main method of travelNumber%. Western Australia%Number%. Western Australia%2011 - 2016
Car, as driver42,80768.363.334,45165.560.4+8,356
Car, as passenger3,0764.94.93,2726.25.8-196
Train2,6054.24.92,1324.15.1+473
Bus1,7772.84.31,4332.74.2+344
Ferry120.00.0150.00.0-3
Tram30.00.040.00.0-1
Truck6101.00.76371.21.0-27
Motorbike/Motor scooter2810.40.52660.50.6+15
Bicycle2980.51.02900.61.1+8
Taxi/Other1210.20.2720.10.2+49
Other - multiple methods1,2211.92.09451.82.0+276
Walked only9831.62.89361.83.3+47
Worked at home2,1023.44.31,7173.34.0+385
Did not go to work6,1459.810.15,59810.611.0+547
Not stated6571.01.18411.61.4-184
Total 62,698100.0100.052,609100.0100.0+10,089

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id (informed decisions)

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Dominant groups

In 2016, there were 4,397 resident workers who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in the City of Swan, compared with 46,774 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 Swan shows that 7.0% used public transport, while 74.6% used a private vehicle, compared with 9.2% and 69.4% respectively in Western Australia.

The major differences between the method of travel to work of the resident workers in the City of Swan and the Western Australia workforce were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers who travelled by car, as driver (68.3% compared to 63.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers who travelled by bus (2.8% compared to 4.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers who walked only (1.6% compared to 2.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers who worked at home (3.4% compared to 4.3%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Car, as driver (+8,356 resident workers)
  • Did not go to work (+547 resident workers)
  • Train (+473 resident workers)
  • Worked at home (+385 resident workers)

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