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Unpaid childcare

893 people in the City of Adelaide provided unpaid care for children other than their own in 2011.

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 - (Usual residence)20112006Change
Unpaid child careNumber%Greater Adelaide %Number%Greater Adelaide %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idProvided unpaid child care (all)2,14211.627.91,74011.127.4+402
Cared for own child/ren
1,2496.818.99616.118.4+288
Cared for other child/ren
8474.68.17344.78.0+113
Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren
460.21.0450.31.1+1
No unpaid child care provided
14,20176.865.811,49573.365.1+2,706
Not stated
2,15311.66.32,45715.77.5-304

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

Unpaid childcare, 2011
Unpaid childcare, 2011 Not stated, Greater Adelaide: 6.3% No unpaid child care provided, Greater Adelaide: 65.8% Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, Greater Adelaide: 1.0% Cared for other child/ren, Greater Adelaide: 8.1% Cared for own child/ren, Greater Adelaide: 18.9% Provided unpaid child care (all), Greater Adelaide: 27.9% Not stated, City of Adelaide: 11.6% No unpaid child care provided, City of Adelaide: 76.8% Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, City of Adelaide: 0.2% Cared for other child/ren, City of Adelaide: 4.6% Cared for own child/ren, City of Adelaide: 6.8% Provided unpaid child care (all), City of Adelaide: 11.6%
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 childcare, 2006 to 2011
Change in unpaid childcare, 2006 to 2011 Not stated, City of Adelaide: -304 No unpaid child care provided, City of Adelaide: +2,706 Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, City of Adelaide: +1 Cared for other child/ren, City of Adelaide: +113 Cared for own child/ren, City of Adelaide: +288 Provided unpaid child care (all), City of Adelaide: +402
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 child care provided by the population in the City of Adelaide in 2011 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, 11.6% 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 (76.8% compared to 65.8%)
  • A smaller percentage who provided unpaid childcare for own child/ren (6.8% compared to 18.9%)
  • A smaller percentage who provided unpaid childcare for other child/ren (4.6% compared to 8.1%)

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 402 between 2006 and 2011.

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

  • Provided no unpaid child care (+2,706 persons)
  • Cared for their own child/ren (+288 persons)
  • Cared for other child/ren (+113 persons)