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Resident workers - Method of travel to work - All industries

Within Toowoomba, there is a lower proportion of resident All industries workers using public transport to get to work than the Queensland workforce.

Maximising access to employment is a key objective in any economic development strategy. Understanding the modes of transport Toowoomba'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
Toowoomba 20162011Change
Main method of travelNumber%. Queensland%Number%. Queensland%2011 - 2016
Car, as driver49,44669.564.145,66866.461.2+3,778
Car, as passenger4,2576.05.34,9047.16.1-647
Train640.13.2520.13.5+12
Bus3960.63.64170.63.9-21
Ferry160.00.170.00.1+9
Tram40.00.130.00.0+1
Truck7931.10.99961.41.3-203
Motorbike/Motor scooter5490.80.95640.80.9-15
Bicycle5210.71.05660.81.1-45
Taxi/Other1580.20.22050.30.2-47
Other - multiple methods9641.41.58441.21.4+120
Walked only2,4153.43.32,7173.93.7-302
Worked at home4,0595.75.33,7395.44.9+320
Did not go to work6,8979.79.77,18310.410.2-286
Not stated6400.90.99601.41.4-320
Total 71,179100.0100.068,825100.0100.0+2,354

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 480 resident workers who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in Toowoomba, compared with 55,045 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 Toowoomba shows that 0.7% used public transport, while 77.3% used a private vehicle, compared with 7.0% and 71.2% respectively in Queensland.

The major differences between the method of travel to work of the resident workers in Toowoomba and the Queensland workforce were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers who travelled by car, as driver (69.5% compared to 64.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers who travelled by train (0.1% compared to 3.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers who travelled by bus (0.6% compared to 3.6%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers who travelled by car, as passenger (6.0% compared to 5.3%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Car, as driver (+3,778 resident workers)
  • Car, as passenger (-647 resident workers)
  • Worked at home (+320 resident workers)
  • Walked only (-302 resident workers)

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