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Method of travel to work

In Rockhampton 1,605 people rode their bike or walked to work in 2011.

Rockhampton'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
Rockhampton - Employed persons (Enumerated)20112006Change
Main method of travelNumber%Regional QLD %Number%Regional QLD %2006 to 2011
Train
30.00.6250.10.4-22
Bus
4751.41.84901.61.5-15
Tram or Ferry
70.00.0160.10.1-9
Taxi
1690.50.21420.50.2+27
Car - as driver
22,99765.863.020,01763.760.3+2,980
Car - as passenger
3,0138.66.72,7958.97.2+218
Truck
4631.31.44061.31.7+57
Motorbike
3381.00.94101.31.1-72
map this data in atlas.idBicycle3931.11.15181.61.3-125
map this data in atlas.idWalked only1,2123.54.21,1753.74.8+37
Other
5261.51.73171.01.5+209
map this data in atlas.idWorked at home1,0122.95.69713.16.1+41
Did not go to work
3,79710.911.33,67011.711.9+127
Not stated
5601.61.64481.41.8+112

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, Regional QLD: 0.6% Bus, Regional QLD: 1.8% Tram or Ferry, Regional QLD: 0.0% Taxi, Regional QLD: 0.2% Car - as driver, Regional QLD: 63.0% Car - as passenger, Regional QLD: 6.7% Truck, Regional QLD: 1.4% Motorbike, Regional QLD: 0.9% Bicycle, Regional QLD: 1.1% Walked only, Regional QLD: 4.2% Other, Regional QLD: 1.7% Worked at home, Regional QLD: 5.6% Did not go to work, Regional QLD: 11.3% Not stated, Regional QLD: 1.6% Train, Rockhampton: 0.0% Bus, Rockhampton: 1.4% Tram or Ferry, Rockhampton: 0.0% Taxi, Rockhampton: 0.5% Car - as driver, Rockhampton: 65.8% Car - as passenger, Rockhampton: 8.6% Truck, Rockhampton: 1.3% Motorbike, Rockhampton: 1.0% Bicycle, Rockhampton: 1.1% Walked only, Rockhampton: 3.5% Other, Rockhampton: 1.5% Worked at home, Rockhampton: 2.9% Did not go to work, Rockhampton: 10.9% Not stated, Rockhampton: 1.6%
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, Rockhampton: -22 Bus, Rockhampton: -15 Tram or Ferry, Rockhampton: -9 Taxi, Rockhampton: +27 Car - as driver, Rockhampton: +2,980 Car - as passenger, Rockhampton: +218 Truck, Rockhampton: +57 Motorbike, Rockhampton: -72 Bicycle, Rockhampton: -125 Walked only, Rockhampton: +37 Other, Rockhampton: +209 Worked at home, Rockhampton: +41 Did not go to work, Rockhampton: +127 Not stated, Rockhampton: +112
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 485 people who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in Rockhampton, compared with 26,811 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 Rockhampton in 2011, compared to Regional QLD, shows that 1.4% used public transport, while 76.7% used a private vehicle, compared with 2.4% and 72.0% respectively in Regional QLD.

The major differences in persons between the method of travel to work of Rockhampton and Regional QLD were:

  • A larger percentage of persons who travelled by car (as driver) (65.8% compared to 63.0%)
  • A larger percentage of persons who travelled by car (as a passenger) (8.6% compared to 6.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who worked at home (2.9% compared to 5.6%)

Emerging groups

The number of employed people in Rockhampton increased by 3,565 between 2006 and 2011.

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

  • Car - as driver (+2,980 persons)
  • Car - as passenger (+218 persons)
  • Other (+209 persons)
  • Did not go to work (+127 persons)

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