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900 people in Sunshine West provided unpaid care for children other than their own in 2011.

The role of unpaid childcare in Sunshine West is determined by many different factors. For example areas with high levels of unpaid child care may have a dominance of single income families with one significant earner, or there could be a lack of provision of paid child care in the area. The level to which people care for others children can also indicate the role of extended family (eg. grandparents caring for grandchildren, family day care).

The role of unpaid child care is a complex one so this topic should be viewed in conjunction with several others, including Household Type, Employment, Household Income and Educational Attendance.

Derived from the Census question:

'In the last two weeks did the person spend time looking after a child, without pay?', which specifically asks respondents to differentiate between caring for their own children and caring for others children.

Persons aged 15 years and over.

Unpaid childcare
Sunshine West - (Usual residence)20112006Change
Unpaid child careNumber%City of Brimbank %Number%City of Brimbank %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idProvided unpaid child care (all)3,08322.424.52,92622.825.1+157
Cared for own child/ren
2,18315.818.22,03215.818.7+151
Cared for other child/ren
8626.35.98726.85.9-10
Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren
380.30.4220.20.4+16
No unpaid child care provided
9,37868.066.18,56666.665.1+812
Not stated
1,3219.69.41,36310.69.8-42

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Unpaid childcare, 2011
Unpaid childcare, 2011 Not stated, City of Brimbank: 9.4% No unpaid child care provided, City of Brimbank: 66.1% Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, City of Brimbank: 0.4% Cared for other child/ren, City of Brimbank: 5.9% Cared for own child/ren, City of Brimbank: 18.2% Provided unpaid child care (all), City of Brimbank: 24.5% Not stated, Sunshine West: 9.6% No unpaid child care provided, Sunshine West: 68.0% Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, Sunshine West: 0.3% Cared for other child/ren, Sunshine West: 6.3% Cared for own child/ren, Sunshine West: 15.8% Provided unpaid child care (all), Sunshine West: 22.4%
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 childcare, 2006 to 2011
Change in unpaid childcare, 2006 to 2011 Not stated, Sunshine West: -42 No unpaid child care provided, Sunshine West: +812 Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, Sunshine West: +16 Cared for other child/ren, Sunshine West: -10 Cared for own child/ren, Sunshine West: +151 Provided unpaid child care (all), Sunshine West: +157
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 child care provided by the population in Sunshine West in 2011 compared to City of Brimbank shows that there was a lower proportion of people who provided unpaid child care either to their own or to other children. Overall, 22.4% of the population provided unpaid child care, compared with 24.5% for City of Brimbank.

The major differences between the share of the population providing unpaid child care in Sunshine West and City of Brimbank were:

  • A larger percentage who did not provide care for children (68.0% compared to 66.1%)
  • A smaller percentage who provided unpaid childcare for own child/ren (15.8% compared to 18.2%)

Emerging groups

The number of people who provided unpaid child care for their own and/or other people's children in Sunshine West increased by 157 between 2006 and 2011.

The largest changes in the number of people performing unpaid child care in Sunshine West, between 2006 and 2011 were those who:

  • Provided no unpaid child care (+812 persons)
  • Cared for their own child/ren (+151 persons)