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Bass Coast Shire

Unpaid domestic work

In Bass Coast Shire 26% 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 Bass Coast Shire 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
Bass Coast Shire - Persons aged 15+ (Usual residence)20112006Change
Hours spent on unpaid domestic workNumber%Regional VIC %Number%Regional VIC %2006 to 2011
Did unpaid domestic work17,21270.170.915,12669.070.6+2,086
Less than 5 hours4,48818.320.03,54816.218.8+940
Between 5 and 14 hours6,22125.325.15,08223.223.6+1,139
Between 15 and 29 hours3,45014.013.43,13514.313.5+315
30 hours or more3,05312.412.33,36115.314.6-308
Did no unpaid domestic work4,88419.920.63,99318.219.7+891
Not stated2,47410.18.62,81812.89.7-344

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 VIC: 8.6% Did no unpaid domestic work, Regional VIC: 20.6% 30 hours or more, Regional VIC: 12.3% Between 15 and 29 hours, Regional VIC: 13.4% Between 5 and 14 hours, Regional VIC: 25.1% Less than 5 hours, Regional VIC: 20.0% Not stated, Bass Coast Shire: 10.1% Did no unpaid domestic work, Bass Coast Shire: 19.9% 30 hours or more, Bass Coast Shire: 12.4% Between 15 and 29 hours, Bass Coast Shire: 14.0% Between 5 and 14 hours, Bass Coast Shire: 25.3% Less than 5 hours, Bass Coast Shire: 18.3%
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, Bass Coast Shire: -344 Did no unpaid domestic work, Bass Coast Shire: +891 30 hours or more, Bass Coast Shire: -308 Between 15 and 29 hours, Bass Coast Shire: +315 Between 5 and 14 hours, Bass Coast Shire: +1,139 Less than 5 hours, Bass Coast Shire: +940
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 Bass Coast Shire in 2011 compared to Regional VIC shows that there was a higher proportion of persons who performed 15 hours or more of unpaid domestic work per week.

Overall, 26.5% of the population reported performing 15 hours or more of unpaid domestic work, compared with 25.7% for Regional VIC.

The major differences between the share of the population performing unpaid domestic work in Bass Coast Shire and Regional VIC were:

  • A larger percentage of persons who did 30 hours or more of domestic work (14.0% compared to 13.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who did between 5 and 14 hours of domestic work (18.3% compared to 20.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who did domestic work (70.1% compared to 70.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who did no unpaid domestic work (19.9% compared to 20.6%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Did unpaid domestic work (+2,086 persons)
  • Did between 5 and 14 hours of domestic work (+1,139 persons)
  • Did less than 5 hours of domestic work (+940 persons)
  • Did no unpaid domestic work (+891 persons)

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