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Shire of Ashburton

Unpaid domestic work

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This topic has been updated with 2016 Census data for all areas. What's this?

In the Shire of Ashburton 11% 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 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)20162011Change
Hours spent on unpaid domestic workNumber%Regional WA %Number%Regional WA %2011 to 2016
Did unpaid domestic work4,46039.467.14,18751.067.4+273
Less than 5 hours1,58914.019.31,41217.219.4+177
Between 5 and 14 hours1,67614.825.01,63619.924.3+40
Between 15 and 29 hours5895.212.05586.812.0+31
30 hours or more6065.410.95817.111.8+25
Did no unpaid domestic work4,63441.020.02,58731.520.7+2,047
Not stated2,21619.612.91,44017.511.9+776

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, Regional WA: 12.9% Did no unpaid domestic work, Regional WA: 20.0% 30 hours or more, Regional WA: 10.9% Between 15 and 29 hours, Regional WA: 12.0% Between 5 and 14 hours, Regional WA: 25.0% Less than 5 hours, Regional WA: 19.3% Not stated, Shire of Ashburton: 19.6% Did no unpaid domestic work, Shire of Ashburton: 41.0% 30 hours or more, Shire of Ashburton: 5.4% Between 15 and 29 hours, Shire of Ashburton: 5.2% Between 5 and 14 hours, Shire of Ashburton: 14.8% Less than 5 hours, Shire of Ashburton: 14.0%
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, Shire of Ashburton: +776 Did no unpaid domestic work, Shire of Ashburton: +2,047 30 hours or more, Shire of Ashburton: +25 Between 15 and 29 hours, Shire of Ashburton: +31 Between 5 and 14 hours, Shire of Ashburton: +40 Less than 5 hours, Shire of Ashburton: +177
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 the Shire of Ashburton in 2016 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, 10.6% of the population reported performing 15 hours or more of unpaid domestic work, compared with 22.9% 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 (41.0% compared to 20.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who did domestic work (39.4% compared to 67.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who did between 15 and 29 hours of domestic work (14.8% compared to 25.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who did 30 hours or more of domestic work (5.2% compared to 12.0%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Did no unpaid domestic work (+2,047 persons)
  • Did unpaid domestic work (+273 persons)
  • Did less than 5 hours of domestic work (+177 persons)

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