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Unpaid domestic work

In the City of Adelaide 10% of the population over 15 did more than 14 hours of housework each week in 2011.

There has been increased interest in identifying, acknowledging and valuing the unpaid work that supports home and community life. The changing amount of time spent on unpaid housework in different Household Types and, particularly the distribution of this work within the household, can indicate the changing roles of males, females and older children in society. The level of unpaid domestic work in the City of Adelaide may also be related to Household Income, as higher income households are able to outsource some of these tasks.

Derived from the Census question:

'In the last week did the person spend time doing unpaid domestic work for their household?'

Persons aged 15 years and over.

Unpaid domestic work
City of Adelaide - (Usual residence) 20112006Change
Hours spent on unpaid domestic workNumber%Greater Adelaide %Number%Greater Adelaide %2006 to 2011
Did unpaid domestic work11,38761.671.89,74662.172.2+1,641
Less than 5 hours5,12027.722.54,32327.621.4+797
Between 5 and 14 hours4,43124.027.33,80424.226.2+627
Between 15 and 29 hours1,2136.612.61,0336.613.2+180
30 hours or more6233.49.45863.711.4+37
Did no unpaid domestic work4,91826.621.23,42621.819.6+1,492
Not stated2,19111.87.02,51916.18.2-328

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Unpaid domestic work, 2011
Unpaid domestic work, 2011 Not stated, Greater Adelaide: 7.0% Did no unpaid domestic work, Greater Adelaide: 21.2% 30 hours or more, Greater Adelaide: 9.4% Between 15 and 29 hours, Greater Adelaide: 12.6% Between 5 and 14 hours, Greater Adelaide: 27.3% Less than 5 hours, Greater Adelaide: 22.5% Not stated, City of Adelaide: 11.8% Did no unpaid domestic work, City of Adelaide: 26.6% 30 hours or more, City of Adelaide: 3.4% Between 15 and 29 hours, City of Adelaide: 6.6% Between 5 and 14 hours, City of Adelaide: 24.0% Less than 5 hours, City of Adelaide: 27.7%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in unpaid domestic work, 2006 to 2011
Change in unpaid domestic work, 2006 to 2011 Not stated, City of Adelaide: -328 Did no unpaid domestic work, City of Adelaide: +1,492 30 hours or more, City of Adelaide: +37 Between 15 and 29 hours, City of Adelaide: +180 Between 5 and 14 hours, City of Adelaide: +627 Less than 5 hours, City of Adelaide: +797
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the unpaid domestic work performed by the population in the City of Adelaide in 2011 compared to Greater Adelaide shows that there was a lower proportion of persons who performed 15 hours or more of unpaid domestic work per week.

Overall, 9.9% of the population reported performing 15 hours or more of unpaid domestic work, compared with 22.0% for Greater Adelaide.

The major differences between the share of the population performing unpaid domestic work in the City of Adelaide and Greater Adelaide were:

  • A larger percentage of persons who did no unpaid domestic work (26.6% compared to 21.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who did domestic work (61.6% compared to 71.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who did unpaid domestic work (total) (3.4% compared to 9.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who did 30 hours or more of domestic work (6.6% compared to 12.6%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the number of people performing unpaid domestic work in the City of Adelaide, between 2006 and 2011 were those who:

  • Did unpaid domestic work (+1,641 persons)
  • Did no unpaid domestic work (+1,492 persons)
  • Did less than 5 hours of domestic work (+797 persons)
  • Did between 5 and 14 hours of domestic work (+627 persons)

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