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2,650 people in Grasslands Ward provided unpaid care for children other than their own in 2011.

The role of unpaid childcare in Grasslands Ward 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
Grasslands Ward - (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)10,24924.624.58,48223.625.1+1,767
Cared for own child/ren
7,59918.218.26,27217.518.7+1,327
Cared for other child/ren
2,5286.15.92,0695.85.9+459
Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren
1220.30.41410.40.4-19
No unpaid child care provided
27,04264.866.123,49365.565.1+3,549
Not stated
4,41010.69.43,90510.99.8+505

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, Grasslands Ward: 10.6% No unpaid child care provided, Grasslands Ward: 64.8% Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, Grasslands Ward: 0.3% Cared for other child/ren, Grasslands Ward: 6.1% Cared for own child/ren, Grasslands Ward: 18.2% Provided unpaid child care (all), Grasslands Ward: 24.6%
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, Grasslands Ward: +505 No unpaid child care provided, Grasslands Ward: +3,549 Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, Grasslands Ward: -19 Cared for other child/ren, Grasslands Ward: +459 Cared for own child/ren, Grasslands Ward: +1,327 Provided unpaid child care (all), Grasslands Ward: +1,767
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 Grasslands Ward in 2011 compared to City of Brimbank shows that there was a similar proportion of people who provided unpaid child care either to their own or to other children. Overall, 24.6% of the population provided unpaid child care, compared with 24.5% for City of Brimbank.

The major difference between the share of the population providing unpaid child care in Grasslands Ward and City of Brimbank was:

  • A smaller percentage who did not provide care for children (64.8% compared to 66.1%)

Emerging groups

The number of people who provided unpaid child care for their own and/or other people's children in Grasslands Ward increased by 1,767 between 2006 and 2011.

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

  • Provided no unpaid child care (+3,549 persons)
  • Cared for their own child/ren (+1,327 persons)
  • Cared for other child/ren (+459 persons)