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Half a million commuters on the road to Sydney's four big jobs hubs

New Bureau of Statistics of 2016 census data shows Sydney commuters travel an average of 16 kilometres from home to work.


The report also underscored Sydney’s status as Australia’s public transport leader with 27 per cent of the city’s workers taking a train, bus or ferry to work, way above the national average of 14 per cent.

Around 320,000 commuters descend each day on the Sydney-Haymarket-The Rocks statistical district, which takes in the CBD.


The biggest source of CBD workers came from the inner-south neighbourhood of Waterloo-Beaconsfield (4900) followed by Pyrmont-Ultimo (4500) and Mosman (4250).


Just over 70 per cent of CBD commuters take public transport to work and their average commute distance is 19 km- 3 km more than the city-wide figure.


The largest numbers travelling to the CBD for work came from Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs, North Shore and Inner South Western regions.


About 50,000 workers commute to Sydney’s “second CBD” at Parramatta with just under half of them getting there by car.


The 10 suburbs providing the largest number of workers in Parramatta were all to the west and north of that jobs hub.


Almost 50,000 people commute to North Sydney, six in 10 of them by public transport.

The 10 suburbs providing the largest number of workers to North Sydney were all in the North Shore region. Another 50,000 workers commute to Macquarie Park, 62 per cent of them by car.


There are also sizeable daily commuter flows to Pyrmont-Ultimo (36,400), Chatswood (27,600), Baulkham Hills (23,500) and Mascot (22,500).


The Bureau’s report showed Australia’s big capitals had longer commuting distances than the smaller capitals. Workers in Canberra had the shortest average commutes at 11.7 km.


Nationally, eight in 10 travelled to work by private vehicle, most of them alone, while about one in seven took public transport and one in 20 either cycled or walked.


Melbourne had the second highest share of public transport commuters after Sydney with 19 per cent.


Phillip Wise, the bureau’s director of census dissemination, the “grand champions” of long journeys to work were those in the mining industry – the average commute for them was 40.3 km.


“At the other end, the industry with the shortest average journey to work was accommodation and food services workers, at 11.4 km," he said.


In general, commute times rose with income. The analysis found people with a weekly income of $2000-$2999 travelled the longest average distance to work (20 km) while those with a weekly income under $150 a week had the shortest average distance to work (9.6 km).


The commute for male workers nationally averaged 17.7 km, about 3 km further than the average for female workers.

Commuting distances for workers in regional areas were generally longer than those in capital cities.


*Article taken from The Sydney Morning Herald, 22nd May 2018*