Wollongong City

Resident workers - Method of travel to work - All industries

Within Wollongong City, there is a lower 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 Wollongong City'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

Select industry:
Current benchmark:
Resident workers method of travel to work
Wollongong City 20162011Change
Main method of travelNumber%. New South Wales%Number%. New South Wales%2011 - 2016
Car, as driver58,53666.357.853,47564.557.6+5,061
Car, as passenger4,2994.94.34,6335.65.0-334
Motorbike/Motor scooter4300.50.64850.60.6-55
Other - multiple methods9211.01.28281.01.1+93
Walked only2,6303.03.92,6133.24.1+17
Worked at home3,0683.54.82,3932.94.6+675
Did not go to work9,60110.98.79,94612.09.5-345
Not stated7850.91.01,2701.51.5-485
Total 88,253100.0100.082,860100.0100.0+5,393

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id (informed decisions)

Please refer to specific data notes for more information
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Dominant groups

In 2016, there were 6,632 resident workers who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in Wollongong City, compared with 63,920 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 Wollongong City shows that 7.5% used public transport, while 72.4% 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 Wollongong City and the New South Wales workforce were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers who travelled by car, as driver (66.3% compared to 57.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers who travelled by train (5.5% compared to 11.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers who travelled by bus (2.0% compared to 4.4%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers who did not go to work (10.9% compared to 8.7%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Car, as driver (+5,061 resident workers)
  • Train (+776 resident workers)
  • Worked at home (+675 resident workers)
  • Did not go to work (-345 resident workers)

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