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South West Corner

Unpaid domestic work

In South West Corner 9% 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 South West 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 West Corner - (Usual residence) 20112006Change
Hours spent on unpaid domestic workNumber%City of Adelaide %Number%City of Adelaide %2006 to 2011
Did unpaid domestic work79663.661.667962.562.1+118
Less than 5 hours37329.827.732029.527.6+54
Between 5 and 14 hours31124.924.028426.224.2+28
Between 15 and 29 hours695.66.6464.26.6+24
30 hours or more413.33.4292.73.7+12
Did no unpaid domestic work36228.926.622420.621.8+139
Not stated937.411.818316.916.1-90

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, 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% Not stated, South West Corner: 7.4% Did no unpaid domestic work, South West Corner: 28.9% 30 hours or more, South West Corner: 3.3% Between 15 and 29 hours, South West Corner: 5.6% Between 5 and 14 hours, South West Corner: 24.9% Less than 5 hours, South West Corner: 29.8%
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, South West Corner: -90 Did no unpaid domestic work, South West Corner: +139 30 hours or more, South West Corner: +12 Between 15 and 29 hours, South West Corner: +24 Between 5 and 14 hours, South West Corner: +28 Less than 5 hours, South West Corner: +54
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 South West Corner in 2011 compared to the City of Adelaide shows that there was a lower proportion of persons who performed 15 hours or more of unpaid domestic work per week.

Overall, 8.9% of the population reported performing 15 hours or more of unpaid domestic work, compared with 9.9% for the City of Adelaide.

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

  • A larger percentage of persons who did no unpaid domestic work (28.9% compared to 26.6%)
  • A larger percentage of persons who did between 5 and 14 hours of domestic work (29.8% compared to 27.7%)
  • A larger percentage of persons who did domestic work (63.6% compared to 61.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who did 30 hours or more of domestic work (5.6% compared to 6.6%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Did no unpaid domestic work (+139 persons)
  • Did unpaid domestic work (+118 persons)
  • Did less than 5 hours of domestic work (+54 persons)

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