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Unpaid domestic work

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

In the City of Brimbank 17% of the population over 15 did more than 14 hours of housework each week in 2016.

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 the City of Brimbank 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
City of Brimbank - Persons aged 15+ (Usual residence)20162011Change
Hours spent on unpaid domestic workNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2011 to 2016
Did unpaid domestic work91,55457.868.285,14257.668.8+6,412
Less than 5 hours32,28020.424.529,95020.224.2+2,330
Between 5 and 14 hours32,56420.625.329,46219.924.9+3,102
Between 15 and 29 hours13,8328.710.513,1368.910.9+696
30 hours or more12,8788.18.012,5948.58.9+284
Did no unpaid domestic work52,74233.324.146,94631.723.2+5,796
Not stated14,1548.97.715,84610.78.0-1,692

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Unpaid domestic work, 2016
Unpaid domestic work, 2016 Not stated, Greater Melbourne: 7.7% Did no unpaid domestic work, Greater Melbourne: 24.1% 30 hours or more, Greater Melbourne: 8.0% Between 15 and 29 hours, Greater Melbourne: 10.5% Between 5 and 14 hours, Greater Melbourne: 25.3% Less than 5 hours, Greater Melbourne: 24.5% Not stated, City of Brimbank: 8.9% Did no unpaid domestic work, City of Brimbank: 33.3% 30 hours or more, City of Brimbank: 8.1% Between 15 and 29 hours, City of Brimbank: 8.7% Between 5 and 14 hours, City of Brimbank: 20.6% Less than 5 hours, City of Brimbank: 20.4%
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 domestic work, 2011 to 2016
Change in unpaid domestic work, 2011 to 2016 Not stated, City of Brimbank: -1,692 Did no unpaid domestic work, City of Brimbank: +5,796 30 hours or more, City of Brimbank: +284 Between 15 and 29 hours, City of Brimbank: +696 Between 5 and 14 hours, City of Brimbank: +3,102 Less than 5 hours, City of Brimbank: +2,330
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 domestic work performed by the population in the City of Brimbank in 2016 compared to Greater Melbourne shows that there was a lower proportion of persons who performed 15 hours or more of unpaid domestic work per week.

Overall, 16.9% of the population reported performing 15 hours or more of unpaid domestic work, compared with 18.4% for Greater Melbourne.

The major differences between the share of the population performing unpaid domestic work in the City of Brimbank and Greater Melbourne were:

  • A larger percentage of persons who did no unpaid domestic work (33.3% compared to 24.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who did domestic work (57.8% compared to 68.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who did between 15 and 29 hours of domestic work (20.6% compared to 25.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who did between 5 and 14 hours of domestic work (20.4% compared to 24.5%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the number of people performing unpaid domestic work in the City of Brimbank, between 2011 and 2016 were those who:

  • Did unpaid domestic work (+6,412 persons)
  • Did no unpaid domestic work (+5,796 persons)
  • Did between 5 and 14 hours of domestic work (+3,102 persons)
  • Did less than 5 hours of domestic work (+2,330 persons)

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