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Brisbane LGA

Unpaid domestic work

In Brisbane LGA 21% of the population over 15 did more than 14 hours of housework each week in 2006.

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 Brisbane LGA 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
Brisbane LGA - Persons aged 15+ (Usual residence)20062001Change
Hours spent on unpaid domestic workNumber%Greater Brisbane %Number%Greater Brisbane %2001 to 2006
Did unpaid domestic work575,22873.572.7--------
Less than 5 hours201,97525.823.6--------
Between 5 and 14 hours209,16726.725.9--------
Between 15 and 29 hours89,78011.512.2--------
30 hours or more74,3069.511.0--------
Did no unpaid domestic work133,71017.118.0--------
Not stated74,2079.59.3--------

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2001 and 2006. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Unpaid domestic work, 2006
Unpaid domestic work, 2006 Not stated, Greater Brisbane: 9.3% Did no unpaid domestic work, Greater Brisbane: 18.0% 30 hours or more, Greater Brisbane: 11.0% Between 15 and 29 hours, Greater Brisbane: 12.2% Between 5 and 14 hours, Greater Brisbane: 25.9% Less than 5 hours, Greater Brisbane: 23.6% Not stated, Brisbane LGA: 9.5% Did no unpaid domestic work, Brisbane LGA: 17.1% 30 hours or more, Brisbane LGA: 9.5% Between 15 and 29 hours, Brisbane LGA: 11.5% Between 5 and 14 hours, Brisbane LGA: 26.7% Less than 5 hours, Brisbane LGA: 25.8%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in unpaid domestic work, 2001 to 2006
Change in unpaid domestic work, 2001 to 2006
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2001 and 2006 (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 Brisbane LGA in 2006 compared to Greater Brisbane shows that there was a lower proportion of persons who performed 15 hours or more of unpaid domestic work per week.

Overall, 21.0% of the population reported performing 15 hours or more of unpaid domestic work, compared with 23.2% for Greater Brisbane.

The major differences between the share of the population performing unpaid domestic work in Brisbane LGA and Greater Brisbane were:

  • A larger percentage of persons who did between 5 and 14 hours of domestic work (25.8% compared to 23.6%)
  • A larger percentage of persons who did between 15 and 29 hours of domestic work (26.7% compared to 25.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who did unpaid domestic work (total) (9.5% compared to 11.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who did no unpaid domestic work (17.1% compared to 18.0%)

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