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Bass Coast Shire

Unpaid childcare

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

2,407 people in Bass Coast Shire provided unpaid care for children other than their own in 2016.

The role of unpaid childcare in Bass Coast Shire 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
Bass Coast Shire - Persons aged 15+ (Usual residence)20162011Change
Unpaid child careNumber%Regional VIC %Number%Regional VIC %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idProvided unpaid child care (all)7,00225.527.26,35425.928.0+648
Cared for own child/ren
4,59516.718.44,25417.319.2+341
Cared for other child/ren
2,1838.07.91,8697.67.8+314
Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren
2240.80.92310.91.1-7
No unpaid child care provided
17,71664.563.015,93964.964.2+1,777
Not stated
2,73310.09.82,2779.37.7+456

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 VIC: 9.8% No unpaid child care provided, Regional VIC: 63.0% Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, Regional VIC: 0.9% Cared for other child/ren, Regional VIC: 7.9% Cared for own child/ren, Regional VIC: 18.4% Provided unpaid child care (all), Regional VIC: 27.2% Not stated, Bass Coast Shire: 10.0% No unpaid child care provided, Bass Coast Shire: 64.5% Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, Bass Coast Shire: 0.8% Cared for other child/ren, Bass Coast Shire: 8.0% Cared for own child/ren, Bass Coast Shire: 16.7% Provided unpaid child care (all), Bass Coast Shire: 25.5%
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 childcare, 2011 to 2016
Change in unpaid childcare, 2011 to 2016 Not stated, Bass Coast Shire: +456 No unpaid child care provided, Bass Coast Shire: +1,777 Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, Bass Coast Shire: -7 Cared for other child/ren, Bass Coast Shire: +314 Cared for own child/ren, Bass Coast Shire: +341 Provided unpaid child care (all), Bass Coast Shire: +648
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 Bass Coast Shire in 2016 compared to Regional VIC shows that there was a lower proportion of people who provided unpaid child care either to their own or to other children. Overall, 25.5% of the population provided unpaid child care, compared with 27.2% for Regional VIC.

The major differences between the share of the population providing unpaid child care in Bass Coast Shire and Regional VIC were:

  • A larger percentage who did not provide care for children (64.5% compared to 63.0%)
  • A smaller percentage who provided unpaid childcare for own child/ren (16.7% compared to 18.4%)

Emerging groups

The number of people who provided unpaid child care for their own and/or other people's children in Bass Coast Shire increased by 648 between 2011 and 2016.

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

  • Provided no unpaid child care (+1,777 persons)
  • Cared for their own child/ren (+341 persons)
  • Cared for other child/ren (+314 persons)

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