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In Balwyn 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 Balwyn 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
Balwyn - (Usual residence) 20112006Change
Hours spent on unpaid domestic workNumber%City of Boroondara %Number%City of Boroondara %2006 to 2011
Did unpaid domestic work7,96173.175.07,87373.274.7+88
Less than 5 hours2,80925.827.62,65724.726.7+152
Between 5 and 14 hours2,71124.926.62,62024.425.8+91
Between 15 and 29 hours1,38712.712.01,38712.912.20
30 hours or more1,0529.78.71,20811.210.0-155
Did no unpaid domestic work2,31421.318.81,99918.617.1+316
Not stated6075.66.18868.28.2-278

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 Boroondara: 6.1% Did no unpaid domestic work, City of Boroondara: 18.8% 30 hours or more, City of Boroondara: 8.7% Between 15 and 29 hours, City of Boroondara: 12.0% Between 5 and 14 hours, City of Boroondara: 26.6% Less than 5 hours, City of Boroondara: 27.6% Not stated, Balwyn: 5.6% Did no unpaid domestic work, Balwyn: 21.3% 30 hours or more, Balwyn: 9.7% Between 15 and 29 hours, Balwyn: 12.7% Between 5 and 14 hours, Balwyn: 24.9% Less than 5 hours, Balwyn: 25.8%
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, Balwyn: -278 Did no unpaid domestic work, Balwyn: +316 30 hours or more, Balwyn: -155 Between 15 and 29 hours, Balwyn: 0 Between 5 and 14 hours, Balwyn: +91 Less than 5 hours, Balwyn: +152
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 Balwyn in 2011 compared to the City of Boroondara shows that there was a higher proportion of persons who performed 15 hours or more of unpaid domestic work per week.

Overall, 22.4% of the population reported performing 15 hours or more of unpaid domestic work, compared with 20.8% for the City of Boroondara.

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

  • A larger percentage of persons who did no unpaid domestic work (21.3% compared to 18.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who did domestic work (73.1% compared to 75.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who did between 5 and 14 hours of domestic work (25.8% compared to 27.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who did between 15 and 29 hours of domestic work (24.9% compared to 26.6%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Did no unpaid domestic work (+316 persons)
  • Did 30 hours or more of domestic work (-155 persons)
  • Did less than 5 hours of domestic work (+152 persons)
  • Did between 5 and 14 hours of domestic work (+91 persons)

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