Cairns
Unpaid childcare

9,474 people in Cairns provided unpaid care for children other than their own in 2011.

The role of unpaid childcare in Cairns 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
Cairns - Total persons (Enumerated)20112006Change
Unpaid child careNumber%Regional QLD %Number%Regional QLD %2006 to 2011
Provided unpaid child care (all)
33,69627.827.529,36427.227.0+4,332
Cared for own child/ren
24,22220.019.620,99619.519.4+3,226
Cared for other child/ren
8,1596.76.87,0876.66.6+1,072
Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren
1,3151.11.01,2811.21.0+34
No unpaid child care provided
74,30161.263.364,82160.162.6+9,480
Not stated
13,33011.09.213,63912.610.4-309

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

Unpaid childcare, 2011
Unpaid childcare, 2011 Not stated, Regional QLD: 9.2% No unpaid child care provided, Regional QLD: 63.3% Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, Regional QLD: 1.0% Cared for other child/ren, Regional QLD: 6.8% Cared for own child/ren, Regional QLD: 19.6% Provided unpaid child care (all), Regional QLD: 27.5% Not stated, Cairns: 11.0% No unpaid child care provided, Cairns: 61.2% Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, Cairns: 1.1% Cared for other child/ren, Cairns: 6.7% Cared for own child/ren, Cairns: 20.0% Provided unpaid child care (all), Cairns: 27.8%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Enumerated data)
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Change in unpaid childcare, 2006 to 2011
Change in unpaid childcare, 2006 to 2011 Not stated, Cairns: -309 No unpaid child care provided, Cairns: +9,480 Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, Cairns: +34 Cared for other child/ren, Cairns: +1,072 Cared for own child/ren, Cairns: +3,226 Provided unpaid child care (all), Cairns: +4,332
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (Enumerated data)
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Dominant groups

Analysis of the unpaid child care provided by the population in Cairns in 2011 compared to Regional QLD shows that there was a similar proportion of people who provided unpaid child care either to their own or to other children. Overall, 27.8% of the population provided unpaid child care, compared with 27.5% for Regional QLD.

The major difference between the share of the population providing unpaid child care in Cairns and Regional QLD was:

  • A smaller percentage who did not provide care for children (61.2% compared to 63.3%)

Emerging groups

The number of people who provided unpaid child care for their own and/or other people's children in Cairns increased by 4,332 between 2006 and 2011.

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

  • Provided no unpaid child care (+9,480 persons)
  • Cared for their own child/ren (+3,226 persons)
  • Cared for other child/ren (+1,072 persons)