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Shire of Ashburton

Unpaid domestic work

In the Shire of Ashburton 14% 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 Shire of Ashburton 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
Shire of Ashburton - Persons aged 15+ (Usual residence)20112006Change
Hours spent on unpaid domestic workNumber%Regional WA %Number%Regional WA %2006 to 2011
Did unpaid domestic work4,18751.067.42,94767.368.7+1,240
Less than 5 hours1,41217.219.486119.719.2+551
Between 5 and 14 hours1,63619.924.31,12225.623.5+514
Between 15 and 29 hours5586.812.044510.212.4+113
30 hours or more5817.111.851911.813.8+62
Did no unpaid domestic work2,58731.520.781018.519.0+1,777
Not stated1,44017.511.962414.212.2+816

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, Regional WA: 11.9% Did no unpaid domestic work, Regional WA: 20.7% 30 hours or more, Regional WA: 11.8% Between 15 and 29 hours, Regional WA: 12.0% Between 5 and 14 hours, Regional WA: 24.3% Less than 5 hours, Regional WA: 19.4% Not stated, Shire of Ashburton: 17.5% Did no unpaid domestic work, Shire of Ashburton: 31.5% 30 hours or more, Shire of Ashburton: 7.1% Between 15 and 29 hours, Shire of Ashburton: 6.8% Between 5 and 14 hours, Shire of Ashburton: 19.9% Less than 5 hours, Shire of Ashburton: 17.2%
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, Shire of Ashburton: +816 Did no unpaid domestic work, Shire of Ashburton: +1,777 30 hours or more, Shire of Ashburton: +62 Between 15 and 29 hours, Shire of Ashburton: +113 Between 5 and 14 hours, Shire of Ashburton: +514 Less than 5 hours, Shire of Ashburton: +551
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 Shire of Ashburton in 2011 compared to Regional WA shows that there was a lower proportion of persons who performed 15 hours or more of unpaid domestic work per week.

Overall, 13.9% of the population reported performing 15 hours or more of unpaid domestic work, compared with 23.8% for Regional WA.

The major differences between the share of the population performing unpaid domestic work in the Shire of Ashburton and Regional WA were:

  • A larger percentage of persons who did no unpaid domestic work (31.5% compared to 20.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who did domestic work (51.0% compared to 67.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who did 30 hours or more of domestic work (6.8% compared to 12.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who did unpaid domestic work (total) (7.1% compared to 11.8%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Did no unpaid domestic work (+1,777 persons)
  • Did unpaid domestic work (+1,240 persons)
  • Did less than 5 hours of domestic work (+551 persons)
  • Did between 5 and 14 hours of domestic work (+514 persons)

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