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Central Coast Council area

Overseas born - Unpaid childcare

In 2011, 3,705 overseas born people in the Central Coast Council area, provided unpaid care for children other than their own.

The role of unpaid childcare in the Central Coast Council area 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. Some overseas-born communities, particularly those with multiple generations speaking the same language, may have a higher level of extended family care for children than the wider population.

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 Unpaid Care to an aged or disabled person.

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.

People born overseas aged 15+

Unpaid childcare
Central Coast Council area - Overseas born20112006Change
Unpaid child careNumber%Greater SydneyNumber%Greater Sydney2006 to 2011
Provided unpaid child care (all)11,89328.528.510,76528.427.7+1,128
Cared for own child/ren8,18819.621.87,58720.021.0+601
Cared for other child/ren3,3298.06.12,8057.46.2+524
Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren3760.90.53731.00.5+3
No unpaid child care provided27,90866.868.024,91165.667.7+2,997
Not stated1,9694.73.52,2936.04.6-324

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, Greater Sydney: 3.5% No unpaid child care provided, Greater Sydney: 68.0% Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, Greater Sydney: 0.5% Cared for other child/ren, Greater Sydney: 6.1% Cared for own child/ren, Greater Sydney: 21.8% Provided unpaid child care (all), Greater Sydney: 28.5% Not stated, Central Coast Council area: 4.7% No unpaid child care provided, Central Coast Council area: 66.8% Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, Central Coast Council area: 0.9% Cared for other child/ren, Central Coast Council area: 8.0% Cared for own child/ren, Central Coast Council area: 19.6% Provided unpaid child care (all), Central Coast Council area: 28.5%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
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Change in unpaid childcare, 2006 to 2011
Change in unpaid childcare, 2006 to 2011 Not stated, Central Coast Council area: -324 No unpaid child care provided, Central Coast Council area: +2,997 Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, Central Coast Council area: +3 Cared for other child/ren, Central Coast Council area: +524 Cared for own child/ren, Central Coast Council area: +601 Provided unpaid child care (all), Central Coast Council area: +1,128
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 overseas born population in the Central Coast Council area in 2011 compared to Greater Sydney shows that there was a similar proportion of people who provided unpaid child care either to their own or to other children. Overall, 28.5% of the overseas born population provided unpaid child care, compared with 28.5% for Greater Sydney.

The major differences between the share of the overseas born population providing unpaid child care in the Central Coast Council area and Greater Sydney were:

  • A larger percentage who provided unpaid childcare for other child/ren (8.0% compared to 6.1%)
  • A smaller percentage who provided unpaid childcare for own child/ren (19.6% compared to 21.8%)
  • A smaller percentage who did not provide care for children (66.8% compared to 68.0%)

Emerging groups

The number of overseas born people who provided unpaid child care for their own and/or other people's children in the Central Coast Council area increased by 1,128 between 2006 and 2011.

The largest changes in the number of overseas born people performing unpaid child care in the Central Coast Council area, between 2006 and 2011 were those who:

  • No unpaid child care provided (+2,997 persons)
  • Cared for own child/ren (+601 persons)
  • Cared for other child/ren (+524 persons)

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