Thursday, 19 May 2016 15:16

Fewer than 20% of jobs accessible by 30 minute car trip

Map showing the percentage of jobs accessible within a 30 minute car trip across Sydney. Map showing the percentage of jobs accessible within a 30 minute car trip across Sydney. Credit: SGS Economics and Planning.


Media release, 18 May, 2016

The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has called on our federal leaders to outline how they will increase accessibility to jobs in Western Sydney after a report from SGS Economicsi revealed that fewer than 20 per cent of Sydney’s jobs can be accessed via a 30 minute car tripii if you live west of Parramatta.

WSROC President Cllr Tony Hadchiti said considering half of Sydney’s population lives in the West, this is a very poor result.

“74.2 per cent of Western Sydney workers use their car as the main means of getting to work, largely due to low levels of public transport connectivity in the regioniii.

“If we were to look at job accessibility via a 30 minute public transport trip these numbers would drop off significantly,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

“This is a far cry from the Smart Cities ideal of a 30 minute commute,” he said.

“Furthermore, the number of jobs available to residents decreases as you head west,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

“While Parramatta has quite high employment density, Liverpool residents only have access to 10 percent of Sydney’s jobs within a 30 minute drive. Further west, in Penrith, this figure drops to just five per cent,” he said.

“There have been numerous efforts to increase the number of jobs in Western Sydney over the years, but all have lacked a dedicated, intensive approach to building a diverse Western Sydney economy that delivers real jobs for residents,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

“As a result, the ratio of jobs to residents in Western Sydney has been declining steadily since the early 2000siv,” he said.

“The solution to this problem is twofold.

“We need better transport links within Western Sydney to improve connectivity within the region; reducing the city-centric nature of our transport network, and making it faster and more efficient to get around.

“We also need an intensive, jobs-focused program to turbo-charge and diversify investment in Western Sydney; focusing on the economies of our key regional cities,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

“If we do not address Western Sydney’s jobs and connectivity deficits there will be severe implications for our city as a whole,” he said.



Media contact: Kelly-Anne Gee, 02 9671 4333 (ext. 118), 0425 871 868 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 



i SGS Economics. Attracting jobs to outer urban growth areas. Available from:

ii These figures are based on travel by private vehicle in Sydney’s AM peak hour.

iii For CBD-centric trips (which have dedicated rail lines) Western Sydney’s outer ring had the highest rate of rail use for journey to work – Campbelltown (92%), Penrith (87%) and Camden and Fairfield (86% each). However, car usage for other destinations is well above the metropolitan average.

iv O’Neill, P. (2016). Jobs intensity over time, Western Sydney. Addressing Western Sydney’s Jobs Slide. Centre for Western Sydney, Western Sydney University. Available from:

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