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Greater Western Sydney Region

Unpaid domestic work

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

In the Greater Western Sydney Region 20% 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 the Greater Western Sydney Region 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
Greater Western Sydney Region - Persons aged 15+ (Usual residence)20162011Change
Hours spent on unpaid domestic workNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2011 to 2016
Did unpaid domestic work1,095,16164.367.0987,03064.867.6+108,130
Less than 5 hours365,56221.523.8320,16021.023.4+45,402
Between 5 and 14 hours396,07423.224.6352,22723.124.5+43,846
Between 15 and 29 hours177,47410.410.4164,93110.810.8+12,543
30 hours or more156,0519.28.1149,7119.88.9+6,340
Did no unpaid domestic work480,29728.225.2406,66926.723.8+73,628
Not stated128,1277.57.8128,9618.58.6-834

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, Greater Sydney: 7.8% Did no unpaid domestic work, Greater Sydney: 25.2% 30 hours or more, Greater Sydney: 8.1% Between 15 and 29 hours, Greater Sydney: 10.4% Between 5 and 14 hours, Greater Sydney: 24.6% Less than 5 hours, Greater Sydney: 23.8% Not stated, Greater Western Sydney Region: 7.5% Did no unpaid domestic work, Greater Western Sydney Region: 28.2% 30 hours or more, Greater Western Sydney Region: 9.2% Between 15 and 29 hours, Greater Western Sydney Region: 10.4% Between 5 and 14 hours, Greater Western Sydney Region: 23.2% Less than 5 hours, Greater Western Sydney Region: 21.5%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in unpaid domestic work, 2011 to 2016
Change in unpaid domestic work, 2011 to 2016 Not stated, Greater Western Sydney Region: -834 Did no unpaid domestic work, Greater Western Sydney Region: +73,628 30 hours or more, Greater Western Sydney Region: +6,340 Between 15 and 29 hours, Greater Western Sydney Region: +12,543 Between 5 and 14 hours, Greater Western Sydney Region: +43,846 Less than 5 hours, Greater Western Sydney Region: +45,402
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 domestic work performed by the population in the Greater Western Sydney Region in 2016 compared to Greater Sydney shows that there was a higher proportion of persons who performed 15 hours or more of unpaid domestic work per week.

Overall, 19.6% of the population reported performing 15 hours or more of unpaid domestic work, compared with 18.5% for Greater Sydney.

The major differences between the share of the population performing unpaid domestic work in the Greater Western Sydney Region and Greater Sydney were:

  • A larger percentage of persons who did no unpaid domestic work (28.2% compared to 25.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who did domestic work (64.3% compared to 67.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who did between 5 and 14 hours of domestic work (21.5% compared to 23.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who did between 15 and 29 hours of domestic work (23.2% compared to 24.6%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the number of people performing unpaid domestic work in the Greater Western Sydney Region, between 2011 and 2016 were those who:

  • Did unpaid domestic work (+108,130 persons)
  • Did no unpaid domestic work (+73,628 persons)
  • Did less than 5 hours of domestic work (+45,402 persons)
  • Did between 5 and 14 hours of domestic work (+43,846 persons)

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