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Colac Otway Shire

Unpaid domestic work

In Colac Otway Shire 27% of the population over 15 did more than 14 hours of housework each week in 2011.

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 Colac Otway Shire 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
Colac Otway Shire - Persons aged 15+ (Usual residence)20112006Change
Hours spent on unpaid domestic workNumber%Regional VIC %Number%Regional VIC %2006 to 2011
Did unpaid domestic work11,68970.970.911,52571.170.6+164
Less than 5 hours3,13419.020.02,91218.018.8+222
Between 5 and 14 hours4,04024.525.13,75723.223.6+283
Between 15 and 29 hours2,34014.213.42,24213.813.5+98
30 hours or more2,17513.212.32,61416.114.6-439
Did no unpaid domestic work3,44320.920.63,23720.019.7+206
Not stated1,3658.38.61,4539.09.7-88

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

Unpaid domestic work, 2011
Unpaid domestic work, 2011 Not stated, Regional VIC: 8.6% Did no unpaid domestic work, Regional VIC: 20.6% 30 hours or more, Regional VIC: 12.3% Between 15 and 29 hours, Regional VIC: 13.4% Between 5 and 14 hours, Regional VIC: 25.1% Less than 5 hours, Regional VIC: 20.0% Not stated, Colac Otway Shire: 8.3% Did no unpaid domestic work, Colac Otway Shire: 20.9% 30 hours or more, Colac Otway Shire: 13.2% Between 15 and 29 hours, Colac Otway Shire: 14.2% Between 5 and 14 hours, Colac Otway Shire: 24.5% Less than 5 hours, Colac Otway Shire: 19.0%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in unpaid domestic work, 2006 to 2011
Change in unpaid domestic work, 2006 to 2011 Not stated, Colac Otway Shire: -88 Did no unpaid domestic work, Colac Otway Shire: +206 30 hours or more, Colac Otway Shire: -439 Between 15 and 29 hours, Colac Otway Shire: +98 Between 5 and 14 hours, Colac Otway Shire: +283 Less than 5 hours, Colac Otway Shire: +222
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 domestic work performed by the population in Colac Otway Shire in 2011 compared to Regional VIC shows that there was a higher proportion of persons who performed 15 hours or more of unpaid domestic work per week.

Overall, 27.4% of the population reported performing 15 hours or more of unpaid domestic work, compared with 25.7% for Regional VIC.

The major differences between the share of the population performing unpaid domestic work in Colac Otway Shire and Regional VIC were:

  • A larger percentage of persons who did unpaid domestic work (total) (13.2% compared to 12.3%)
  • A larger percentage of persons who did 30 hours or more of domestic work (14.2% compared to 13.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who did between 5 and 14 hours of domestic work (19.0% compared to 20.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who did between 15 and 29 hours of domestic work (24.5% compared to 25.1%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the number of people performing unpaid domestic work in Colac Otway Shire, between 2006 and 2011 were those who:

  • Did 30 hours or more of domestic work (-439 persons)
  • Did between 5 and 14 hours of domestic work (+283 persons)
  • Did less than 5 hours of domestic work (+222 persons)
  • Did no unpaid domestic work (+206 persons)

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