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Central Coast Council area

Unpaid childcare

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

1,502 people in the Central Coast Council area provided unpaid care for children other than their own in 2016.

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. 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
Central Coast Council area - Persons aged 15+ (Usual residence)20162011Change
Unpaid child careNumber%Regional TAS %Number%Regional TAS %2011 to 2016
Provided unpaid child care (all)4,55625.725.54,78827.627.4-232
Cared for own child/ren3,05417.217.63,26118.819.2-207
Cared for other child/ren1,3517.67.11,3597.87.2-8
Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren1510.90.81681.00.9-17
No unpaid child care provided11,74466.265.711,22964.865.8+515
Not stated1,4378.18.81,3147.66.8+123

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Unpaid childcare, 2016
Unpaid childcare, 2016 Not stated, Regional TAS: 8.8% No unpaid child care provided, Regional TAS: 65.7% Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, Regional TAS: 0.8% Cared for other child/ren, Regional TAS: 7.1% Cared for own child/ren, Regional TAS: 17.6% Provided unpaid child care (all), Regional TAS: 25.5% Not stated, Central Coast Council area: 8.1% No unpaid child care provided, Central Coast Council area: 66.2% Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, Central Coast Council area: 0.9% Cared for other child/ren, Central Coast Council area: 7.6% Cared for own child/ren, Central Coast Council area: 17.2% Provided unpaid child care (all), Central Coast Council area: 25.7%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
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Change in unpaid childcare, 2011 to 2016
Change in unpaid childcare, 2011 to 2016 Not stated, Central Coast Council area: +123 No unpaid child care provided, Central Coast Council area: +515 Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, Central Coast Council area: -17 Cared for other child/ren, Central Coast Council area: -8 Cared for own child/ren, Central Coast Council area: -207 Provided unpaid child care (all), Central Coast Council area: -232
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 child care provided by the population in the Central Coast Council area in 2016 compared to Regional TAS shows that there was a similar proportion of people who provided unpaid child care either to their own or to other children. Overall, 25.7% of the population provided unpaid child care, compared with 25.5% for Regional TAS.

There were no major differences between Central Coast Council area and Regional TAS in 2016.

Emerging groups

The number of people who provided unpaid child care for their own and/or other people's children in Central Coast Council area decreased by 232 between 2011 and 2016.

The largest changes in the number of people performing unpaid child care in the Central Coast Council area, between 2011 and 2016 were those who:

  • Provided no unpaid child care (+515 persons)
  • Cared for their own child/ren (-207 persons)

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