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Unpaid domestic work

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

In City of Darwin 15% 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 City of Darwin 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
City of Darwin - Persons aged 15+ (Usual residence)20162011Change
Hours spent on unpaid domestic workNumber%Greater Darwin %Number%Greater Darwin %2011 to 2016
Did unpaid domestic work42,09465.565.439,09666.266.8+2,998
Less than 5 hours15,35123.922.613,86423.522.2+1,487
Between 5 and 14 hours16,98026.426.615,67926.626.9+1,301
Between 15 and 29 hours5,7969.09.55,8219.910.4-25
30 hours or more3,9676.26.83,7326.37.2+235
Did no unpaid domestic work13,88821.620.411,40019.318.7+2,488
Not stated8,26712.914.38,54014.514.6-273

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 Darwin: 14.3% Did no unpaid domestic work, Greater Darwin: 20.4% 30 hours or more, Greater Darwin: 6.8% Between 15 and 29 hours, Greater Darwin: 9.5% Between 5 and 14 hours, Greater Darwin: 26.6% Less than 5 hours, Greater Darwin: 22.6% Not stated, City of Darwin: 12.9% Did no unpaid domestic work, City of Darwin: 21.6% 30 hours or more, City of Darwin: 6.2% Between 15 and 29 hours, City of Darwin: 9.0% Between 5 and 14 hours, City of Darwin: 26.4% Less than 5 hours, City of Darwin: 23.9%
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, City of Darwin: -273 Did no unpaid domestic work, City of Darwin: +2,488 30 hours or more, City of Darwin: +235 Between 15 and 29 hours, City of Darwin: -25 Between 5 and 14 hours, City of Darwin: +1,301 Less than 5 hours, City of Darwin: +1,487
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 City of Darwin in 2016 compared to Greater Darwin shows that there was a lower proportion of persons who performed 15 hours or more of unpaid domestic work per week.

Overall, 15.2% of the population reported performing 15 hours or more of unpaid domestic work, compared with 16.2% for Greater Darwin.

The major differences between the share of the population performing unpaid domestic work in City of Darwin and Greater Darwin were:

  • A larger percentage of persons who did between 5 and 14 hours of domestic work (23.9% compared to 22.6%)
  • A larger percentage of persons who did no unpaid domestic work (21.6% compared to 20.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who did unpaid domestic work (total) (6.2% compared to 6.8%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Did unpaid domestic work (+2,998 persons)
  • Did no unpaid domestic work (+2,488 persons)
  • Did less than 5 hours of domestic work (+1,487 persons)
  • Did between 5 and 14 hours of domestic work (+1,301 persons)

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