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Resident workers - Method of travel to work - All industries

Within Whitsunday, 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 Whitsunday'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
Whitsunday 20162011Change
Main method of travelNumber%. Queensland%Number%. Queensland%2011 - 2016
Car, as driver8,85856.564.18,53755.261.2+321
Car, as passenger1,0927.05.31,1277.36.1-35
Train160.13.290.13.5+7
Bus4452.83.64472.93.9-2
Ferry870.60.1770.50.1+10
Tram30.00.1000.0+3
Truck1310.80.92511.61.3-120
Motorbike/Motor scooter1330.80.91360.90.9-3
Bicycle1200.81.01260.81.1-6
Taxi/Other440.30.2560.40.2-12
Other - multiple methods5603.61.55993.91.4-39
Walked only1,5419.83.31,4889.63.7+53
Worked at home8335.35.38275.34.9+6
Did not go to work1,62010.39.71,5179.810.2+103
Not stated1991.30.92711.81.4-72
Total 15,682100.0100.015,468100.0100.0+214

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 551 resident workers who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in Whitsunday, compared with 10,214 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 Whitsunday shows that 3.5% used public transport, while 65.1% 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 Whitsunday and the Queensland workforce were:

  • A smaller percentage of resident workers who travelled by car, as driver (56.5% compared to 64.1%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers who walked only (9.8% compared to 3.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers who travelled by train (0.1% compared to 3.2%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers who travelled by other - multiple methods (3.6% compared to 1.5%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Car, as driver (+321 resident workers)
  • Truck (-120 resident workers)
  • Did not go to work (+103 resident workers)
  • Walked only (+53 resident workers)

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