ABS releases new stories of the 2016 census - journeys to work

ABS releases new stories of the 2016 census - journeys to work
ABS releases new stories of the 2016 census - journeys to work

The ABS has released another iteration of its 'stories from the census, 2016' and this time it involves journeys to work.

The government statistician has also published interactive maps which allow you to drill down to the SA2 level and view statistics relating to the number of jobs in an SA2, the average and median commuting distances as well as employment density statistics.

From the maps we can easily get access to clear-as-rain employment and commuting statistics, presented in a more meaningful way (compared to just a data table).

For Melbourne SA2 which includes The Hoddle Grid plus the annexe from La Trobe Street to Victoria Street, there are 219,571 employed people working in the 2.37 square kilometre region which produces a density figure of 92,685 employed people per square kilometre.

For Sydney SA2 which includes The Rocks and Haymarket, there are 316,984 people employed within the 4.293 square kilometre region that produces a density figure of 73,830 employed people per square kilometre.

Average commuting distances to both CBDs are almost identical (18.59km in Melbourne versus 18.89 km in Sydney).

ABS releases new stories of the 2016 census - journeys to work
Commuting distance to place of work - Clayton, VIC - image: ABS

One of the highest concentration of jobs outside of Melbourne's CBD is in the area which the Victorian Planning Authority has called the Monash employment and innovation cluster.  The cluster consists of multiple SA2 regions when we go to the ABS to look for the data, including Clayton.

Clayton, of all the SA2s which make up the Monash cluster, has the largest amount of jobs with 33,979 people employed in the region which includes the Monash medical centre and precinct as well as Monash University and the Australian Synchrotron.

The average and median commuting distances for people employed in Clayton is very similar to the CBD in the 18-19 kilometre range.

In the redevelopment zones of central Melbourne, which over the coming decades will see large-scale employment growth, Fishermans Bend at the 2016 census had 22,516 people employed in the Port Melbourne - Industrial SA2 (which covers approximately 85% of the redevelopment zone).

Fishermans Bend has a high average and median commuting distance of 25.36km and 21.85km respectively.

The SA2 which covers the majority of the Arden-Macaulay precinct, the North Melbourne SA2, has 15,156 jobs located in the region and has a higher-than-the-CBD average commuting distance of 19.11 kilometres.

Arden will be the first redevelopment zone outside the CBD to see a new train station built within its boundaries when the Melbourne Metro tunnel opens.

To view the interactive maps which cover the whole country, see Commuting Distance to Place of work or Commuting Distance from place of usual residence.

Lead image credit: Wikipedia.

Alastair Taylor

Alastair Taylor

Alastair Taylor is a co-founder of Urban.com.au. Now a freelance writer, Alastair focuses on the intersection of public transport, public policy and related impacts on medium and high-density development.

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