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In Brighton 22% 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 Brighton 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
Brighton - (Usual residence) 20112006Change
Hours spent on unpaid domestic workNumber%City of Bayside %Number%City of Bayside %2006 to 2011
Did unpaid domestic work13,09972.774.712,29870.773.2+801
Less than 5 hours4,50125.025.24,17824.024.0+323
Between 5 and 14 hours4,66225.927.04,27824.625.4+384
Between 15 and 29 hours2,22812.412.92,09912.112.8+129
30 hours or more1,7079.59.71,74210.011.0-35
Did no unpaid domestic work3,50019.418.23,35919.317.8+140
Not stated1,4177.97.11,7289.99.0-312

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, City of Bayside: 7.1% Did no unpaid domestic work, City of Bayside: 18.2% 30 hours or more, City of Bayside: 9.7% Between 15 and 29 hours, City of Bayside: 12.9% Between 5 and 14 hours, City of Bayside: 27.0% Less than 5 hours, City of Bayside: 25.2% Not stated, Brighton: 7.9% Did no unpaid domestic work, Brighton: 19.4% 30 hours or more, Brighton: 9.5% Between 15 and 29 hours, Brighton: 12.4% Between 5 and 14 hours, Brighton: 25.9% Less than 5 hours, Brighton: 25.0%
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, Brighton: -312 Did no unpaid domestic work, Brighton: +140 30 hours or more, Brighton: -35 Between 15 and 29 hours, Brighton: +129 Between 5 and 14 hours, Brighton: +384 Less than 5 hours, Brighton: +323
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 Brighton in 2011 compared to City of Bayside shows that there was a lower proportion of persons who performed 15 hours or more of unpaid domestic work per week.

Overall, 21.8% of the population reported performing 15 hours or more of unpaid domestic work, compared with 22.6% for City of Bayside.

The major differences between the share of the population performing unpaid domestic work in Brighton and City of Bayside were:

  • A larger percentage of persons who did no unpaid domestic work (19.4% compared to 18.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who did domestic work (72.7% compared to 74.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who did between 15 and 29 hours of domestic work (25.9% compared to 27.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who did 30 hours or more of domestic work (12.4% compared to 12.9%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Did unpaid domestic work (+801 persons)
  • Did between 5 and 14 hours of domestic work (+384 persons)
  • Did less than 5 hours of domestic work (+323 persons)
  • Did no unpaid domestic work (+140 persons)

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