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Over the past several decades Sydney, Australia’s largest metropolis with a population approaching four million, has succumbed to global processes of metropolitan restructuring. A new geography of employment has emerged in the office, financial, high-tech, and producer services sector of the metropolitan economy, while suburbanisation of population has led to changing trends in the journey to work with likely effects on the geography of accessibility to employment opportunities. A key characteristic of the new geography over the period 1981-96 is the dispersal of employment to non-CBD locations, in particular the movement of manufacturing firms to suburban locations, the growth and dispersal of planned suburban shopping centres, and the dispersal of office activities into the suburbs. In general, employment is now widely dispersed throughout the metropolitan area.

While metropolitan restructuring and changes in journey to work patterns are well monitored at the aggregate level in Sydney (NSW Department of Urban Affairs and Planning, 1995), the impacts of these changes on accessibility to employment opportunities remains largely unknown by the planning community. The key objective of this paper, therefore, is a preliminary assessment of the nature and extent of changes in accessibility to employment by public transport in Sydney between 1981 and 1996.

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