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New South Wales

Method of travel to work

In New South Wales 150,826 people rode their bike or walked to work in 2011.

New South Wales's commuting statistics reveal the main modes of transport by which residents get to work. 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, the number of motor vehicles available within a household, and the distance travelled to work.

Commuting data is very useful in transport planning as it informs decision-makers about the availability, effectiveness and utilisation of local transport options, particularly when analysed with Residents Place of Work data and Car Ownership.

Derived from the Census question:

'How did the person get to work on Tuesday, 9 August 2011?'

Employed persons (aged 15 years and over)

Method of travel to work
New South Wales - Employed persons (Enumerated)20112006Change
Main method of travelNumber%Victoria %Number%Victoria %2006 to 2011
Train292,8939.47.9240,8608.36.5+52,033
Bus129,4804.11.3110,2623.81.1+19,218
Tram or Ferry7,8510.31.76,9070.21.5+944
Taxi7,5370.20.28,0090.30.2-472
Car - as driver1,805,50357.761.61,637,99956.561.5+167,504
Car - as passenger156,6395.04.6166,1275.74.9-9,488
Truck38,5311.20.845,9281.61.0-7,397
Motorbike19,5860.60.416,4770.60.5+3,109
Bicycle23,3660.71.219,2260.71.1+4,140
Walked only127,4604.13.3126,7674.43.6+693
Other33,2581.11.128,6021.01.0+4,656
Worked at home142,9254.64.3138,3154.84.6+4,610
Did not go to work296,9769.59.9301,94010.410.6-4,964
Not stated48,0331.51.654,0731.91.9-6,040

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Method of travel to work, 2011
Method of travel to work, 2011 Train, Victoria: 7.9% Bus, Victoria: 1.3% Tram or Ferry, Victoria: 1.7% Taxi, Victoria: 0.2% Car - as driver, Victoria: 61.6% Car - as passenger, Victoria: 4.6% Truck, Victoria: 0.8% Motorbike, Victoria: 0.4% Bicycle, Victoria: 1.2% Walked only, Victoria: 3.3% Other, Victoria: 1.1% Worked at home, Victoria: 4.3% Did not go to work, Victoria: 9.9% Not stated, Victoria: 1.6% Train, New South Wales: 9.4% Bus, New South Wales: 4.1% Tram or Ferry, New South Wales: 0.3% Taxi, New South Wales: 0.2% Car - as driver, New South Wales: 57.7% Car - as passenger, New South Wales: 5.0% Truck, New South Wales: 1.2% Motorbike, New South Wales: 0.6% Bicycle, New South Wales: 0.7% Walked only, New South Wales: 4.1% Other, New South Wales: 1.1% Worked at home, New South Wales: 4.6% Did not go to work, New South Wales: 9.5% Not stated, New South Wales: 1.5%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in method of travel to work, 2006 to 2011
Change in method of travel to work, 2006 to 2011 Train, New South Wales: +52,033 Bus, New South Wales: +19,218 Tram or Ferry, New South Wales: +944 Taxi, New South Wales: -472 Car - as driver, New South Wales: +167,504 Car - as passenger, New South Wales: -9,488 Truck, New South Wales: -7,397 Motorbike, New South Wales: +3,109 Bicycle, New South Wales: +4,140 Walked only, New South Wales: +693 Other, New South Wales: +4,656 Worked at home, New South Wales: +4,610 Did not go to work, New South Wales: -4,964 Not stated, New South Wales: -6,040
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

In 2011, there were 430,224 people who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in New South Wales, compared with 2,020,259 who drove in private vehicles (car – as driver, car – as passenger, motorbike, or truck).

Analysis of the method of travel to work of the residents in New South Wales in 2011, compared to Victoria, shows that 13.7% used public transport, while 64.5% used a private vehicle, compared with 11.0% and 67.4% respectively in Victoria.

The major differences in persons between the method of travel to work of New South Wales and Victoria were:

  • A larger percentage of persons who travelled by bus (4.1% compared to 1.3%)
  • A larger percentage of persons who travelled by train (9.4% compared to 7.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who travelled by car (as driver) (57.7% compared to 61.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who travelled by tram or ferry (0.3% compared to 1.7%)

Emerging groups

The number of employed people in New South Wales increased by 228,546 between 2006 and 2011.

The largest changes in the method of travel to work by resident population in New South Wales between 2006 and 2011 were for those nominated:

  • Car - as driver (+167,504 persons)
  • Train (+52,033 persons)
  • Bus (+19,218 persons)
  • Car - as passenger (-9,488 persons)

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