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Sydenham District

Unpaid domestic work

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

In Sydenham District 18% 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 Sydenham 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
Sydenham 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 work23,81262.857.823,37862.757.6+434
Less than 5 hours8,41222.220.48,33722.420.2+75
Between 5 and 14 hours8,58322.620.68,05021.619.9+533
Between 15 and 29 hours3,6059.58.73,6449.88.9-39
30 hours or more3,2128.58.13,3479.08.5-135
Did no unpaid domestic work11,42730.133.310,83729.131.7+590
Not stated2,6817.18.93,0508.210.7-369

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, Sydenham District: 7.1% Did no unpaid domestic work, Sydenham District: 30.1% 30 hours or more, Sydenham District: 8.5% Between 15 and 29 hours, Sydenham District: 9.5% Between 5 and 14 hours, Sydenham District: 22.6% Less than 5 hours, Sydenham District: 22.2%
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, Sydenham District: -369 Did no unpaid domestic work, Sydenham District: +590 30 hours or more, Sydenham District: -135 Between 15 and 29 hours, Sydenham District: -39 Between 5 and 14 hours, Sydenham District: +533 Less than 5 hours, Sydenham District: +75
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 Sydenham District in 2016 compared to City of Brimbank shows that there was a higher proportion of persons who performed 15 hours or more of unpaid domestic work per week.

Overall, 18.0% 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 Sydenham District and City of Brimbank were:

  • A larger percentage of persons who did domestic work (62.8% compared to 57.8%)
  • A larger percentage of persons who did between 15 and 29 hours of domestic work (22.6% compared to 20.6%)
  • A larger percentage of persons who did between 5 and 14 hours of domestic work (22.2% compared to 20.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who did no unpaid domestic work (30.1% compared to 33.3%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Did no unpaid domestic work (+590 persons)
  • Did between 5 and 14 hours of domestic work (+533 persons)
  • Did unpaid domestic work (+434 persons)
  • Did 30 hours or more of domestic work (-135 persons)

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