City of Sydney

Local workers - Method of travel to work - All industries

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

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 Sydney 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 place of residence and resident place of work for a clearer picture of where people come from to work in the City of Sydney, and Employment locations for the Destination Zones they work in and how they arrive there.

Data source

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2016 & 2021 – by place of work

Current industry:
Current benchmark:
Local workers method of travel to work
City of Sydney - All industries20212016Change
Main method of travelNumber%. New South Wales%Number%. New South Wales%2016 - 2021
Car, as driver53,0989.843.293,61518.857.7-40,517
Car, as passenger4,4920.83.210,2772.14.3-5,785
Motorbike/Motor scooter2,1730.40.44,9831.00.6-2,810
Other - multiple methods2,5610.50.55,6411.11.2-3,080
Walked only13,0402.42.532,2926.53.9-19,252
Worked at home356,05665.931.310,9372.24.9+345,119
Did not go to work52,8969.813.231,9896.48.7+20,907
Not stated1,9630.40.53,9650.81.0-2,002
Total 540,619100.0100.0498,421100.0100.0+42,198

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2016 and 2021. Compiled and presented by .id (informed decisions)

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Dominant groups

In 2021, there were 49,060 people who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in the City of Sydney, compared with 60,152 who drove in private vehicles (car – as driver, car – as passenger, motorbike, or truck).

Analysis of the method of travel to work in the City of Sydney in 2021 compared to the New South Wales workforce within the City of Sydney shows that 9.1% used public transport, while 11.1% used a private vehicle, compared with 3.9% and 47.5% respectively in New South Wales.

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

  • A larger percentage of local workers who worked at home (65.9% compared to 31.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers who travelled by car, as driver (9.8% compared to 43.2%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers who travelled by train (6.9% compared to 2.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers who did not go to work (9.8% compared to 13.2%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the method of travel to work of the workforce in the City of Sydney between2016 and 2021 were:

  • Worked at home (+345,119 local workers)
  • Train (-169,917 local workers)
  • Bus (-67,059 local workers)
  • Car, as driver (-40,517 local workers)

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