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Greater Western Sydney Region

Unpaid childcare

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

123,136 people in the Greater Western Sydney Region provided unpaid care for children other than their own in 2016.

The role of unpaid childcare in the Greater Western Sydney Region 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
Greater Western Sydney Region - Persons aged 15+ (Usual residence)20162011Change
Unpaid child careNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2011 to 2016
Provided unpaid child care (all)493,16629.027.3439,51428.927.3+53,651
Cared for own child/ren370,03021.720.3325,37621.420.0+44,653
Cared for other child/ren112,5696.66.4102,9366.86.6+9,633
Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren10,5670.60.611,2010.70.7-635
No unpaid child care provided1,088,77763.965.2967,02163.564.8+121,756
Not stated121,4827.17.5116,1247.67.9+5,357

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, Greater Sydney: 7.5% No unpaid child care provided, Greater Sydney: 65.2% Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, Greater Sydney: 0.6% Cared for other child/ren, Greater Sydney: 6.4% Cared for own child/ren, Greater Sydney: 20.3% Provided unpaid child care (all), Greater Sydney: 27.3% Not stated, Greater Western Sydney Region: 7.1% No unpaid child care provided, Greater Western Sydney Region: 63.9% Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, Greater Western Sydney Region: 0.6% Cared for other child/ren, Greater Western Sydney Region: 6.6% Cared for own child/ren, Greater Western Sydney Region: 21.7% Provided unpaid child care (all), Greater Western Sydney Region: 29.0%
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 childcare, 2011 to 2016
Change in unpaid childcare, 2011 to 2016 Not stated, Greater Western Sydney Region: +5,357 No unpaid child care provided, Greater Western Sydney Region: +121,756 Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, Greater Western Sydney Region: -635 Cared for other child/ren, Greater Western Sydney Region: +9,633 Cared for own child/ren, Greater Western Sydney Region: +44,653 Provided unpaid child care (all), Greater Western Sydney Region: +53,651
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 Greater Western Sydney Region in 2016 compared to Greater Sydney shows that there was a higher proportion of people who provided unpaid child care either to their own or to other children. Overall, 29.0% of the population provided unpaid child care, compared with 27.3% for Greater Sydney.

The major differences between the share of the population providing unpaid child care in the Greater Western Sydney Region and Greater Sydney were:

  • A larger percentage who provided unpaid childcare for own child/ren (21.7% compared to 20.3%)
  • A smaller percentage who did not provide care for children (63.9% compared to 65.2%)

Emerging groups

The number of people who provided unpaid child care for their own and/or other people's children in Greater Western Sydney Region increased by 53,652 between 2011 and 2016.

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

  • Provided no unpaid child care (+121,756 persons)
  • Cared for their own child/ren (+44,653 persons)
  • Cared for other child/ren (+9,633 persons)
  • Cared for their own child/ren and other child/ren (-635 persons)

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