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Unpaid childcare

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1,008 people in the City of Adelaide provided unpaid care for children other than their own in 2016.

The role of unpaid childcare in the City of Adelaide is determined by many different factors. For example areas with high levels of unpaid child care may have a dominance of single income families with one significant earner, or there could be a lack of provision of paid child care in the area. The level to which people care for others children can also indicate the role of extended family (eg. grandparents caring for grandchildren, family day care).

The role of unpaid child care is a complex one so this topic should be viewed in conjunction with several others, including Household Type, Employment, Household Income and Educational Attendance.

Derived from the Census question:

'In the last two weeks did the person spend time looking after a child, without pay?', which specifically asks respondents to differentiate between caring for their own children and caring for others children.

Persons aged 15 years and over.

Unpaid childcare
City of Adelaide - Persons aged 15+ (Usual residence)20162011Change
Unpaid child careNumber%Greater Adelaide %Number%Greater Adelaide %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idProvided unpaid child care (all)2,45611.827.92,14211.627.9+314
Cared for own child/ren
1,4486.919.21,2496.818.9+199
Cared for other child/ren
9454.57.98474.68.1+98
Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren
630.30.8460.21.0+17
No unpaid child care provided
15,91276.365.714,20176.865.8+1,711
Not stated
2,49211.96.42,15311.66.3+339

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

Unpaid childcare, 2016
Unpaid childcare, 2016 Not stated, Greater Adelaide: 6.4% No unpaid child care provided, Greater Adelaide: 65.7% Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, Greater Adelaide: 0.8% Cared for other child/ren, Greater Adelaide: 7.9% Cared for own child/ren, Greater Adelaide: 19.2% Provided unpaid child care (all), Greater Adelaide: 27.9% Not stated, City of Adelaide: 11.9% No unpaid child care provided, City of Adelaide: 76.3% Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, City of Adelaide: 0.3% Cared for other child/ren, City of Adelaide: 4.5% Cared for own child/ren, City of Adelaide: 6.9% Provided unpaid child care (all), City of Adelaide: 11.8%
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 childcare, 2011 to 2016
Change in unpaid childcare, 2011 to 2016 Not stated, City of Adelaide: +339 No unpaid child care provided, City of Adelaide: +1,711 Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, City of Adelaide: +17 Cared for other child/ren, City of Adelaide: +98 Cared for own child/ren, City of Adelaide: +199 Provided unpaid child care (all), City of Adelaide: +314
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 child care provided by the population in the City of Adelaide in 2016 compared to Greater Adelaide shows that there was a lower proportion of people who provided unpaid child care either to their own or to other children. Overall, 11.8% of the population provided unpaid child care, compared with 27.9% for Greater Adelaide.

The major differences between the share of the population providing unpaid child care in the City of Adelaide and Greater Adelaide were:

  • A larger percentage who did not provide care for children (76.3% compared to 65.7%)
  • A smaller percentage who provided unpaid childcare for own child/ren (6.9% compared to 19.2%)
  • A smaller percentage who provided unpaid childcare for other child/ren (4.5% compared to 7.9%)

Emerging groups

The number of people who provided unpaid child care for their own and/or other people's children in City of Adelaide increased by 314 between 2011 and 2016.

The largest changes in the number of people performing unpaid child care in the City of Adelaide, between 2011 and 2016 were those who:

  • Provided no unpaid child care (+1,711 persons)
  • Cared for their own child/ren (+199 persons)
  • Cared for other child/ren (+98 persons)

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