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Unpaid domestic work

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

In Broken Hill City 22% 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 Broken Hill City 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
Broken Hill City - Persons aged 15+ (Usual residence)20162011Change
Hours spent on unpaid domestic workNumber%Regional NSW %Number%Regional NSW %2011 to 2016
Did unpaid domestic work9,19662.369.29,28661.270.8-90
Less than 5 hours2,32815.819.62,23414.719.5+94
Between 5 and 14 hours3,58824.326.13,41922.525.7+169
Between 15 and 29 hours1,71111.613.01,86012.313.6-149
30 hours or more1,56910.610.51,77311.712.0-204
Did no unpaid domestic work3,90726.520.53,93926.020.5-32
Not stated1,66111.310.21,95212.98.6-291

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, Regional NSW: 10.2% Did no unpaid domestic work, Regional NSW: 20.5% 30 hours or more, Regional NSW: 10.5% Between 15 and 29 hours, Regional NSW: 13.0% Between 5 and 14 hours, Regional NSW: 26.1% Less than 5 hours, Regional NSW: 19.6% Not stated, Broken Hill City: 11.3% Did no unpaid domestic work, Broken Hill City: 26.5% 30 hours or more, Broken Hill City: 10.6% Between 15 and 29 hours, Broken Hill City: 11.6% Between 5 and 14 hours, Broken Hill City: 24.3% Less than 5 hours, Broken Hill City: 15.8%
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, Broken Hill City: -291 Did no unpaid domestic work, Broken Hill City: -32 30 hours or more, Broken Hill City: -204 Between 15 and 29 hours, Broken Hill City: -149 Between 5 and 14 hours, Broken Hill City: +169 Less than 5 hours, Broken Hill City: +94
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 Broken Hill City in 2016 compared to Regional NSW shows that there was a lower proportion of persons who performed 15 hours or more of unpaid domestic work per week.

Overall, 22.2% of the population reported performing 15 hours or more of unpaid domestic work, compared with 23.6% for Regional NSW.

The major differences between the share of the population performing unpaid domestic work in Broken Hill City and Regional NSW were:

  • A larger percentage of persons who did no unpaid domestic work (26.5% compared to 20.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who did domestic work (62.3% compared to 69.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who did between 5 and 14 hours of domestic work (15.8% compared to 19.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who did between 15 and 29 hours of domestic work (24.3% compared to 26.1%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Did 30 hours or more of domestic work (-204 persons)
  • Did between 5 and 14 hours of domestic work (+169 persons)
  • Did between 15 and 29 hours of domestic work (-149 persons)
  • Did less than 5 hours of domestic work (+94 persons)

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