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Colac Otway Shire

Unpaid domestic work

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

In Colac Otway Shire 24% 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 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)20162011Change
Hours spent on unpaid domestic workNumber%Regional VIC %Number%Regional VIC %2011 to 2016
Did unpaid domestic work11,93669.169.211,68970.970.9+247
Less than 5 hours3,25118.819.93,13419.020.0+117
Between 5 and 14 hours4,49626.025.84,04024.525.1+456
Between 15 and 29 hours2,30013.312.92,34014.213.4-40
30 hours or more1,88910.910.72,17513.212.3-286
Did no unpaid domestic work3,52420.420.33,44320.920.6+81
Not stated1,81210.510.51,3658.38.6+447

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 VIC: 10.5% Did no unpaid domestic work, Regional VIC: 20.3% 30 hours or more, Regional VIC: 10.7% Between 15 and 29 hours, Regional VIC: 12.9% Between 5 and 14 hours, Regional VIC: 25.8% Less than 5 hours, Regional VIC: 19.9% Not stated, Colac Otway Shire: 10.5% Did no unpaid domestic work, Colac Otway Shire: 20.4% 30 hours or more, Colac Otway Shire: 10.9% Between 15 and 29 hours, Colac Otway Shire: 13.3% Between 5 and 14 hours, Colac Otway Shire: 26.0% Less than 5 hours, Colac Otway Shire: 18.8%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
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Change in unpaid domestic work, 2011 to 2016
Change in unpaid domestic work, 2011 to 2016 Not stated, Colac Otway Shire: +447 Did no unpaid domestic work, Colac Otway Shire: +81 30 hours or more, Colac Otway Shire: -286 Between 15 and 29 hours, Colac Otway Shire: -40 Between 5 and 14 hours, Colac Otway Shire: +456 Less than 5 hours, Colac Otway Shire: +117
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016 (Usual residence data)
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Dominant groups

Analysis of the unpaid domestic work performed by the population in Colac Otway Shire in 2016 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, 24.3% of the population reported performing 15 hours or more of unpaid domestic work, compared with 23.5% for Regional VIC.

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

  • A smaller percentage of persons who did between 5 and 14 hours of domestic work (18.8% compared to 19.9%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the number of people performing unpaid domestic work in Colac Otway Shire, between 2011 and 2016 were those who:

  • Did between 5 and 14 hours of domestic work (+456 persons)
  • Did 30 hours or more of domestic work (-286 persons)
  • Did unpaid domestic work (+247 persons)
  • Did less than 5 hours of domestic work (+117 persons)

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