City of Sydney

Resident workers - Method of travel to work - All industries

Within the City of Sydney, there is a higher proportion of resident All industries workers using public transport to get to work than the New South Wales workforce.

Maximising access to employment is a key objective in any economic development strategy. Understanding the modes of transport the City of Sydney'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 Sydney 20162011Change
Main method of travelNumber%. New South Wales%Number%. New South Wales%2011 - 2016
Car, as driver23,34819.957.822,02622.857.6+1,322
Car, as passenger2,5792.24.32,4302.55.0+149
Train25,70821.911.215,64116.29.3+10,067
Bus15,18913.04.413,50314.04.2+1,686
Ferry760.10.2600.10.2+16
Tram7030.60.13400.40.0+363
Truck1460.11.01770.21.2-31
Motorbike/Motor scooter1,4261.20.61,1511.20.6+275
Bicycle3,5003.00.72,9143.00.7+586
Taxi/Other1,0370.90.21,2371.30.2-200
Other - multiple methods1,7121.51.21,1841.21.1+528
Walked only28,12024.03.924,49325.34.1+3,627
Worked at home4,8334.14.83,8584.04.6+975
Did not go to work7,8316.78.76,9097.19.5+922
Not stated1,0400.91.08600.91.5+180
Total 117,248100.0100.096,783100.0100.0+20,465

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 41,676 resident workers who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in the City of Sydney, compared with 27,499 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 Sydney shows that 35.5% used public transport, while 23.5% used a private vehicle, compared with 15.9% and 63.7% respectively in New South Wales.

The major differences between the method of travel to work of the resident workers in the City of Sydney and the New South Wales workforce were:

  • A smaller percentage of resident workers who travelled by car, as driver (19.9% compared to 57.8%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers who walked only (24.0% compared to 3.9%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers who travelled by train (21.9% compared to 11.2%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers who travelled by bus (13.0% compared to 4.4%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Train (+10,067 resident workers)
  • Walked only (+3,627 resident workers)
  • Bus (+1,686 resident workers)
  • Car, as driver (+1,322 resident workers)

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