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South East Corner

Unpaid domestic work

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In South East Corner 12% of the population over 15 did more than 14 hours of housework each week in 2016.

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 South East Corner 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
South East Corner - Persons aged 15+ (Usual residence)20162011Change
Hours spent on unpaid domestic workNumber%City of Adelaide %Number%City of Adelaide %2011 to 2016
Did unpaid domestic work2,30768.559.82,26468.261.6+43
Less than 5 hours94428.026.799830.027.7-54
Between 5 and 14 hours95228.323.492327.824.0+29
Between 15 and 29 hours2768.26.52176.56.6+59
30 hours or more1344.03.21253.83.4+9
Did no unpaid domestic work67420.027.859718.026.6+76
Not stated38711.512.446013.811.8-73

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Unpaid domestic work, 2016
Unpaid domestic work, 2016 Not stated, City of Adelaide: 12.4% Did no unpaid domestic work, City of Adelaide: 27.8% 30 hours or more, City of Adelaide: 3.2% Between 15 and 29 hours, City of Adelaide: 6.5% Between 5 and 14 hours, City of Adelaide: 23.4% Less than 5 hours, City of Adelaide: 26.7% Not stated, South East Corner: 11.5% Did no unpaid domestic work, South East Corner: 20.0% 30 hours or more, South East Corner: 4.0% Between 15 and 29 hours, South East Corner: 8.2% Between 5 and 14 hours, South East Corner: 28.3% Less than 5 hours, South East Corner: 28.0%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in unpaid domestic work, 2011 to 2016
Change in unpaid domestic work, 2011 to 2016 Not stated, South East Corner: -73 Did no unpaid domestic work, South East Corner: +76 30 hours or more, South East Corner: +9 Between 15 and 29 hours, South East Corner: +59 Between 5 and 14 hours, South East Corner: +29 Less than 5 hours, South East Corner: -54
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016 (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 South East Corner in 2016 compared to the City of Adelaide shows that there was a higher proportion of persons who performed 15 hours or more of unpaid domestic work per week.

Overall, 12.2% of the population reported performing 15 hours or more of unpaid domestic work, compared with 9.7% for the City of Adelaide.

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

  • A larger percentage of persons who did domestic work (68.5% compared to 59.8%)
  • A larger percentage of persons who did between 15 and 29 hours of domestic work (28.3% compared to 23.4%)
  • A larger percentage of persons who did 30 hours or more of domestic work (8.2% compared to 6.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who did no unpaid domestic work (20.0% compared to 27.8%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the number of people performing unpaid domestic work in South East Corner, between 2011 and 2016 were those who:

  • Did no unpaid domestic work (+76 persons)
  • Did between 15 and 29 hours of domestic work (+59 persons)
  • Did less than 5 hours of domestic work (-54 persons)

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