The Hills Shire

Resident workers - Method of travel to work - All industries

Within The Hills Shire, there is a similar 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 Hills 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 resident place of work for a clearer picture of where working residents are employed.

Data source

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

Select industry:
Current benchmark:
Resident workers method of travel to work
The Hills Shire20212016Change
Main method of travelNumber%. New South Wales%Number%. New South Wales%2016 - 2021
Car, as driver33,31834.543.449,80362.157.8-16,485
Car, as passenger2,1202.23.22,9063.64.3-786
Motorbike/Motor scooter1510.20.43170.40.6-166
Other - multiple methods3990.40.57330.91.2-334
Walked only7840.82.51,0021.23.9-218
Worked at home43,72345.331.04,8816.14.8+38,842
Did not go to work11,90112.313.26,2107.78.7+5,691
Not stated2660.30.55090.61.0-243
Total 96,477100.0100.080,191100.0100.0+16,286

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

Please refer to specific data notes for more information
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Dominant groups

In 2021, there were 3,137 resident workers who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in The Hills Shire, compared with 36,115 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 Hills Shire shows that 3.3% used public transport, while 37.4% used a private vehicle, compared with 4.0% and 47.8% respectively in New South Wales.

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

  • A larger percentage of resident workers who worked at home (45.3% compared to 31.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers who travelled by car, as driver (34.5% compared to 43.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers who walked only (0.8% compared to 2.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers who travelled by car, as passenger (2.2% compared to 3.2%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the method of travel to work of the resident workers in The Hills Shire between 2016 and 2021 were:

  • Worked at home (+38,842 resident workers)
  • Car, as driver (-16,485 resident workers)
  • Bus (-8,579 resident workers)
  • Did not go to work (+5,691 resident workers)

The Hills Shire Council

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