Changing Face of Sydney Transport

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

From high above, aerial images show Sydney un-earthed. These before and after images detail the changing face of Sydney’s suburbs. Major progress is being made on key Sydney infrastructure projects as the city prepares for ongoing population growth.

 Before After 

Sydney’s growing population

Sydney reached 5 million at the end of June 2016. While it took almost 30 years (1971 – 2000) for Sydney's population to increase from 3 million to 4 million people, it took only another 16 years to reach its next million. 

Growing by 83,000 people every 12 months (at 1.7%, above the national average of 1.4%), the city needs infrastructure to keep pace with this population growth.

NSW projections show that NSW will grow to 9.9 million people by 2036. Sydney is two-thirds of this number, so will reach 6.5 million in the next 20 years, and 8 million by 2050.

How we commute to work in Sydney

Almost 2 in 3 Australian commuters get to work by private car (65.5%, up from 65.3% 5 years ago) with just 1 in 10 relying on public transport. The 2011 Census showed that 58% of Sydneysiders commute to work by car, 9% by train, 5% by bus, and a further 4% walked. 

Social researcher Eliane Miles notes, "Sydney-siders are spending a significant amount of time moving each day. While the average work trip for a Sydneysider is around 35 minutes, for many Sydneysiders the journey to work takes much longer. Commuters in Sydney's outer suburbs are often spending five times this length (up to 2.5 hours) per trip each way. Sydney is investing more in infrastructure than other world cities of comparable population size, and it is critical that investment in both roads and public transport options continues." 

You can watch the full story on Nine News here

About Eliane Miles

Eliane Miles is a social researcher, trends analyst and Director of Research at the internationally recognised McCrindle. As a data analyst she understands the power of big data to inform strategic direction. Managing research across multiple sectors and locations, she is well positioned to understand the megatrends transforming the workplace, household and consumer landscapes. Her expertise is in telling the story embedded in the data and communicating the insights in visual and practical ways.

From the key demographic transformations such as population growth to social trends such as changing household structures, to generational change and the impact of technology, Eliane delivers research based presentations dealing with the big global and national trends.

To have Eliane speak at your next event, feel free to contact Kimberley Linco on 02 8824 3422 or

Download Eliane’s professional speakers pack here

Sydney's Rising Star Suburbs

Monday, January 04, 2016

Analysis of the Urban Living Index shows the
top 3 growth areas to watch

The Urban Living Index rates each of Sydney’s suburbs based on five key liveability factors: Community, Employability, Amenity, Accessibility and importantly, Affordability.

While some of Sydney’s most glamorous suburbs such as Bondi, Neutral Bay and Manly did very well on the first four measures, they did not do well in the affordability category. The cost of living and the cost of housing are currently red-hot issues for Sydney siders and so affordability is in many ways the priority issue with the other lifestyle measures remaining purely theoretical for those priced out of an area.

The majority of Sydneysiders (51%) believe that their area will be even less affordable in three years’ time than it is today- which is almost five times as many as those who believe their area will become more affordable. And most strikingly, almost 9 in 10 Sydney residents (88%) state that housing affordability will be a massive or significant challenge for the next generation.

With this in mind, we have analysed the Urban Living Index data of all Sydney suburbs to find the areas that have excellent affordability- but also rate very well on the other lifestyle measures.

While there are 25 suburbs that score 15 or above (out of 20) for affordability, there are three areas in this list that have great results in the other liveability categories as well.

1st Lalor Park

Lalor Park and the adjoining Kings Langley toped our hot spotting list. The affordability score (15) was excellent, and these suburbs have an amenity score (a measure of the number of shops, restaurants, arts and recreation facilities and educational options in the suburb) which was very good. In fact these suburbs scored higher on the local amenity provisions than suburbs including Newport, Wahroonga and Frenchs Forest. Similarly Lalor Park and Kings Langley scored well on accessibility (a measure that looks at public transport, employment access and walkability of an area) and above beach and harbour side suburbs like Avalon and Rose Bay.

While the overall score for Lalor Park-Kings Langley is in the “Very Good” category, its excellent affordability ranking makes it a suburb likely to boom.

2nd Menai

Menai and the adjoining suburbs of Lucas Heights and Woronora are the next suburbs set to take off based on this analysis. Relative to other Sydney suburbs, the affordability is in the excellent category and this is matched by the employability category. So the combination of good employment numbers, a significant local economy and access to housing more affordable than much of Sydney, this area in Sydney’s south is a clear hotspot.

3rd Blaxland

The third most rated area from this affordability and liveability analysis is Blaxland at the foot of the Blue Mountains and the adjoining suburbs of Warrimoo and Lapstone. Just 8 minutes from the M4 motorway, and less than 10 minutes from the Western Sydney suburbs of Penrith and Emu Plains, this area has become part of Sydney’s greater west yet the affordability, along with the community and amenity scores lift it above many areas in the outer western Sydney ring.

As the urban living index data shows, liveability depends on more than just water views and beach access- the practical factors of educational options, employment access, public transport and other built amenity and of course affordability all make an area desirable and facilitate lifestyle. That is why each of these areas have rated on the Index above the well-heeled suburbs of Palm Beach, Belrose and Vaucluse and it is why they stand out as rising stars.

This research we conducted for Urban Taskforce Australia is an example of robust research generating significant media activity and reader interest. This particular piece was summarised in the Sydney Morning Herald here, and as you can see from the image below was in the top 5 most read columns on the day in the Sydney Morning Herald, the Melbourne Age and the Brisbane Times.

For more information

The Urban Living Index was developed by McCrindle for Urban Taskforce Australia. More information and interactive maps are available at

McCrindle in the Media

Friday, December 18, 2015

As Australia’s leading social researchers, the senior research team at McCrindle are actively involved in media commentary. From demographic analysis and future forecasts, to communication of key research findings and the identification of social trends, at McCrindle we are passionate about communicating insights in clear, accessible and useable ways.

Here are some of the most recent media pieces our research and team have been cited in:

Generation Alpha is coming

Futurist, demographer, and TEDx speaker Mark McCrindle is leading the campaign to call anyone born after 2010 a part of Generation Alpha. According to him, 2.5 million Alphas are born around the globe every week.
Alpha kids will grow up with iPads in hand, never live without a smartphone, and have the ability to transfer a thought online in seconds. These massive technological changes, among others, make Generation Alpha the most transformative generation ever, according to McCrindle.
“In the past, the individual had no power, really,” McCrindle told Business Insider. “Now, the individual has great control of their lives through being able to leverage this world. Technology, in a sense, transformed the expectations of our interactions.”


Educating Generation Z: Let Them Color Outside the Lines

I am a Generation X mother attempting to raise a Generation Z daughter. I recently read a statistic by social researcher Mark McCrindle which set off an internal monologue that ended in a migraine: my daughter's generation will have "17 employers across 5 separate careers, working in jobs that don't even currently exist."

Sydney's most liveable suburbs: the Urban Living Index

The new index, which ranks the liveability of 228 suburban areas in Sydney, was produced by social research firm McCrindle for the Urban Taskforce Australia, an industry group representing property developers. Rating the liveability of suburbs will always be contentious. An attribute one person loves about a neighbourhood might be repugnant to another. No measure will ever be perfect and the findings of the Urban Taskforce's index are bound to spark debate.
The data on 20 separate indicators was used to assess the affordability, community, employability, amenity and accessibility of a suburb to determine how liveable it is.

Top five baby name trends for 2016

It's become something of a tradition for me to pick the knowledgeable brain of demographer and social researcher Mark McCrindle at the end of each year regarding baby-name trends for the following one. Here’s what he has to say about 2016.
“A name is popular for about a decade, and then it starts to fade,” says McCrindle. “A classic example is Jack. It dominated most years in the first decade or so of the 21st century, but now it’s starting to fall down the list. It became a victim of its own success. Lachlan is another name that was often first or second on the list, but is now starting to fade.

Researcher Mark McCrindle delivered the results to business leaders yesterday, revealing a PSI index score of -12. Nearly 200 Hills businesses, covering 15 sectors, responded to 21 questions rating their opinions on business conditions (current economic conditions, regulatory settings and infrastructure), performance (earnings, expenses, employment) and sentiment (cost, growth and economy in six months).


THE best stocking stuffers this Christmas are tech gifts — or wrap yourself up as a present. That’s the finding of McCrindle Research who surveyed 1012 Australians to discover their sentiment and spending intentions for this festive season. They found that this year Aussies plan on saving money, staying at home with family and friends and are hoping for technological gifts under the tree. Best-case scenario the gift gets used, at least until boredom sets in or the latest gadget hits the market. Worst-case scenario it gets binned, stuffed way way back in a cupboard — or sold.

Welcome to our blog...

We have a passion for research that tells a story, that can be presented visually, that brings about change and improves organisations. And we hope these resources help you know the times.

Our Social Media Sites

Facebook | McCrindle Research Social Media YouTube | McCrindle Research Social Media Twitter | McCrindle Research Social Media Flickr | McCrindle Research Social Media Pinterest | McCrindle Research Social Media Google Plus | McCrindle Research Social Media LinkedIn | McCrindle Research Social Media Mark McCrindle Slideshare

Last 150 Articles


suburbs wealth distribution financial independence year 7 Population Clock demographer Channel Seven speajer Aussie business index dare to dream news TED Christmas presents 2014 parents global the changing face of innovation money professional presenters FPA real organisational culture Crime Rates education future report child care Jura Coffee wages community engagement hills wealth stay home dessert typical australian stats motivate McCrindle Keynote Speakers Black Friday Sales learn 2012 social change work from home housing trends leader cancelling event mateship names recap VET rising house prices emerging trends sector wide GPO education future Elderslie-Harrington park sun bus internet qualitative research ACF JOMO Western Australia royal storytelling narcissism internships hopes meals friendship men state school students program 40 million young people trend Vocational education group national wealth staying in donation teleworking goals easter Northern Beaches Christian School brand experience cloudy days mccrindle politics social shifts employmer average sydneysider cancelling plans holiday owning a home crime engagement repayments wage trends analyst bondi Australian Families ACF 2016 entrepreneur Skilling thrive transport food insecurity socialites builders neutral bay train urban living index showreel mortgage NEETs Northern Territory townhouses DESTEL grave decision tea eliane miles not for profit research media commentary 1968 culturally diverse travelling cartodb ease of travel What is food insecurity? marriages environment property market vegetarian dreaming presentations faux-cilise housing market students faux-cilising who is generation z results australian social research financial future Black Friday in Australia McCridle responsive define toys royal family workplace culture university housing affordability NFP event wealth and income office award housing jobs charities manly capital cities Res Vis 2017 2016 financial happiness winter mother's day infographics shopping Wagga Wagga 2015 insight the average aussie high density parenting house national private wealth authenticity REIV National Conference Charlotte generations property land of the middle class teachers professional development alpha apartments future of education global financial crisis jobs of the future Aussies lifestyle average Australian coffee Cobbitty-Leppington millionth income generational trends demography sydneysiders car SMART Sydney Hills Business Chamber 10 years global generations new york times victoria digital pharmacies Willowdale friends water WA ethnography Caregiver sunburnt country Geoff Brailey McCrindle Speakers cold thought leadership study demographics middle class renter of the future investor increasing densification Australian community trends commuting video innovative moderators guide debt Myth population map customer Kiwi sydney event ashley fell women low density demographic trends Canberra population growth sector Social Trend Real Estate Institute of Victoria balance perth forecasting award winner university degree curiosity educhat research services Queensland Financial Planning Association of Australia millenials the great screenage ultimo social analysis breakfast mobile fresh finance wealth and income distribution gender hello fresh census earning population woolworths professional speakers pack poker master kate middleton food in the media financial dreams young australians megatrends Engineering Manager google TAS SMSF newspaper consumer collaborative follow Hornsby Shire Council CPI Black Friday student the australian dream Love TEDx Territory affordable village Maxim Accounting ACT World Water Day DIY internship census fail entrepreneurial volunteer financial planning paying to work house price ACF17 Tuesday Trends rental stress engage report media release home ownership marketing screenagers shbc urban taskforce waverton daily commute Netflix logan faith 24 million slideshare rent environmental scanning work royal influence volunteering apartment mythbusting entertainment conference speaker Merry Christmas chairty volunteering data outsourcing sydney metro house price rise affordability commuters anzac wolloomooloo brand intern online shopping brands Australian Communities Trends analysis social lives panel unaffordable meetings work-life teacher post rationalism cica Generation Y employers events survey design collaboration residents baby names socialising spend medicine demographic transformations the hills shire participants presentation sydneysider divorce rate school educated area Bathburst local communities rule keeper society trends economic New South Wales casual grandparents year 12 data visualisation nfp mover and shaker family australian US statistics Mark McCrindle public speaking publication gold coast younger generations Business analysis workshop Australian communities future Retail vegemite TDE future of work Valentine’s Day trends of 2017 commute forecast google for education optus millennials mccrindle in the media generation Z business research visualisation Tuesday Trend office opening sydney hills tips group session gen alpha Assistant Store Manager infographic litter researcher weather focus groups 2016 census results Financial Planning Association growth of sydney screenage survey future-proof leadership workshop cancel plans growing population sydney speaker christianity research on coffee baby name predictions dreams supply and demand not for profit identity mythbusters cooking house prices "know the times" cost tertiary education earn The Daily Edition generation tattoos marriage darwin Christchurch Northern beaches Event seasons mentor Lower Hunter 23 million ideas VIC 24,000,000 social commentator volunteers cars graphs Financial Planning Week not-for-profit teaching city education NT Education Future Forum christmas sydneycity learner facts sustainable Macquarie University career professional speaker deloitte future proofing crows nest communities australian communities trends report global retail employment domestic Gen X Australian schools belief food bank Deaths #censusfail business performance language digital economy entrepreneurs of today Queensland: QLD conference plans the lucky country learning visualisation coffee lovers potts point optus my business awards households cultural diveristy Andrew Duffin futurist Northern Beaches Mark McCrindle in the media etiquette growth giving online aussie culture living Australian Trends organisations housing growth Australian Bureau of Statistics McCrindle Speaker 2013 Sydney population australian real estate aged care australian community trends report data analyst Sydney keynote speaker Royals census results Christmas lunch marrickville hornsby earnings product royal baby case study data geomapping high density apartments relevant urban research hobart Duchess of Cambridge live the dream Australian demographics selfie twentyseventeen snapshot cost of living consumerism trades faux-ciliser dream Sydney’s south west wellbeing criminal public transport Wodonga equip gen z spirituality leadership Generation X social trends Scouts Australian Dream Adelaide hunger Performance Sentiment Index ABS Work place social research australian communities forum menai travel NBRS SA contiki Wellington teach Lower Hunter Region 1994 relational employmee priorities mccrinlde choice workers interactive trends of 2016 gig life keynote wedding shifts future proof couple rise of local changing face of sydney February 16 states tuesday micro apartments culture tv annual income FOMO fears princess charlotte australians staying home more ageing population acf15 NBRS Architecture Births resilience aged care puzzle The ABC of XYZ prince george trend tuesday buildings weekly earnings James Ward generation alpha January 26th experience learning styles proactive story speakers celebration EFF skills Research Executive high density living national crime rates small business English poor capital city list economy overcast renting tableau eliane know the times Hills Shire Council SRE social issues education sector long weekend lalor park ferry personalities social life social analyst baby boomers Australian Population micro keynote speaker local community unemployment Do It Yourself going out church sunny days schools quote debate public speaker salary donate Gen Z Expert father's day safe 2020 social commentary offenders daily telegraph workplace population milestone ageing workforce ACF2017 easy rider clothing Gen Y world 2016 census communications optimistic sports social impact ACT Report emerging technologies social researcher baby boom non profit market research children the hills Real Estate IT Specialists HSC greatness monarchy Hunter Valley religion event infographic wall shopping centre high school sentiments investing christian social enquiry mccrindle research communicate VET sector rich purpose mining boom gig economy Kirsten Brewer financial fears TEDx Speaker moreton bay TED talk wealth inequality social researchers 1980 future of shopping baby names report youth charity healthy future speaker Sydney forum impact society change census data home owner suburb families training conferences ashley mckenzie world youth day cash Mount Annan-Currant Hill brisbane average aussie schools students research report winter blues New Zealand work mates media activity divorce census 2016 holidays bureau school satisfaction energy budget community click Melbourne PSI research data goal REIV Conference baby name New Zeland NSW norwest education research in depth interviews Christmas season suburban living baby Australia Day networking office space home personal growth Research Director urban living hills shire System's Architect focus group shopper's pick social australia youth unemployment ipswich technology government summer rain baby names australia report Australian Home sector wide study community event staff pharmacy property price Tasmania retirement Channel 7 emerging generations social media demographic care support public holiday careers blaxland local South Australia Word Up Australia street cultural diversity pyrmont new office Australian Census household baby name trends visual media Australians resource research pack communication conference presentation professional services Australia Day 2017 CBD mccrindle tea 1975 challenge omnibus Jura Australia insights investment trends huffington post