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Shire of Ashburton

Unpaid childcare

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

408 people in the Shire of Ashburton provided unpaid care for children other than their own in 2016.

The role of unpaid childcare in the Shire of Ashburton 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
Shire of Ashburton - Persons aged 15+ (Usual residence)20162011Change
Unpaid child careNumber%Regional WA %Number%Regional WA %2011 to 2016
Provided unpaid child care (all)2,67023.627.72,30428.028.5+366
Cared for own child/ren2,26220.020.01,88122.920.6+381
Cared for other child/ren3403.06.73534.36.7-13
Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren680.61.0700.91.3-2
No unpaid child care provided6,46657.260.04,50854.960.3+1,958
Not stated2,16019.112.31,40317.111.2+757

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, Regional WA: 12.3% No unpaid child care provided, Regional WA: 60.0% Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, Regional WA: 1.0% Cared for other child/ren, Regional WA: 6.7% Cared for own child/ren, Regional WA: 20.0% Provided unpaid child care (all), Regional WA: 27.7% Not stated, Shire of Ashburton: 19.1% No unpaid child care provided, Shire of Ashburton: 57.2% Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, Shire of Ashburton: 0.6% Cared for other child/ren, Shire of Ashburton: 3.0% Cared for own child/ren, Shire of Ashburton: 20.0% Provided unpaid child care (all), Shire of Ashburton: 23.6%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
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Change in unpaid childcare, 2011 to 2016
Change in unpaid childcare, 2011 to 2016 Not stated, Shire of Ashburton: +757 No unpaid child care provided, Shire of Ashburton: +1,958 Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, Shire of Ashburton: -2 Cared for other child/ren, Shire of Ashburton: -13 Cared for own child/ren, Shire of Ashburton: +381 Provided unpaid child care (all), Shire of Ashburton: +366
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 Shire of Ashburton in 2016 compared to Regional WA shows that there was a lower proportion of people who provided unpaid child care either to their own or to other children. Overall, 23.6% of the population provided unpaid child care, compared with 27.7% for Regional WA.

The major differences between the share of the population providing unpaid child care in the Shire of Ashburton and Regional WA were:

  • A smaller percentage who provided unpaid childcare for other child/ren (3.0% compared to 6.7%)
  • A smaller percentage who did not provide care for children (57.2% compared to 60.0%)

Emerging groups

The number of people who provided unpaid child care for their own and/or other people's children in Shire of Ashburton increased by 366 between 2011 and 2016.

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

  • Provided no unpaid child care (+1,958 persons)
  • Cared for their own child/ren (+381 persons)

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