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Sunshine District

Unpaid domestic work

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

In Sunshine District 16% 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 Sunshine District 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
Sunshine District - Persons aged 15+ (Usual residence)20162011Change
Hours spent on unpaid domestic workNumber%City of Brimbank %Number%City of Brimbank %2011 to 2016
Did unpaid domestic work21,97455.557.819,72554.957.6+2,249
Less than 5 hours7,79719.720.46,95719.420.2+840
Between 5 and 14 hours7,86519.920.66,80218.919.9+1,063
Between 15 and 29 hours3,3058.38.72,9968.38.9+309
30 hours or more3,0077.68.12,9708.38.5+37
Did no unpaid domestic work13,74234.733.311,93333.231.7+1,809
Not stated3,9009.88.94,28111.910.7-381

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, 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% Not stated, Sunshine District: 9.8% Did no unpaid domestic work, Sunshine District: 34.7% 30 hours or more, Sunshine District: 7.6% Between 15 and 29 hours, Sunshine District: 8.3% Between 5 and 14 hours, Sunshine District: 19.9% Less than 5 hours, Sunshine District: 19.7%
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, Sunshine District: -381 Did no unpaid domestic work, Sunshine District: +1,809 30 hours or more, Sunshine District: +37 Between 15 and 29 hours, Sunshine District: +309 Between 5 and 14 hours, Sunshine District: +1,063 Less than 5 hours, Sunshine District: +840
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 Sunshine District in 2016 compared to City of Brimbank shows that there was a lower proportion of persons who performed 15 hours or more of unpaid domestic work per week.

Overall, 15.9% of the population reported performing 15 hours or more of unpaid domestic work, compared with 16.9% for City of Brimbank.

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

  • A larger percentage of persons who did no unpaid domestic work (34.7% compared to 33.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who did domestic work (55.5% compared to 57.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who did between 15 and 29 hours of domestic work (19.9% compared to 20.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who did between 5 and 14 hours of domestic work (19.7% compared to 20.4%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Did unpaid domestic work (+2,249 persons)
  • Did no unpaid domestic work (+1,809 persons)
  • Did between 5 and 14 hours of domestic work (+1,063 persons)
  • Did less than 5 hours of domestic work (+840 persons)

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