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Unpaid childcare

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

3,977 people in City of Darwin provided unpaid care for children other than their own in 2016.

The role of unpaid childcare in City of Darwin 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
City of Darwin - Persons aged 15+ (Usual residence)20162011Change
Unpaid child careNumber%Greater Darwin %Number%Greater Darwin %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idProvided unpaid child care (all)15,92224.826.714,30124.226.5+1,621
Cared for own child/ren
11,94518.620.410,23717.319.3+1,708
Cared for other child/ren
3,5535.55.63,5226.06.1+31
Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren
4240.70.75420.91.1-118
No unpaid child care provided
40,32562.859.536,57562.059.6+3,750
Not stated
8,00612.513.98,15713.813.9-151

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 Darwin: 13.9% No unpaid child care provided, Greater Darwin: 59.5% Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, Greater Darwin: 0.7% Cared for other child/ren, Greater Darwin: 5.6% Cared for own child/ren, Greater Darwin: 20.4% Provided unpaid child care (all), Greater Darwin: 26.7% Not stated, City of Darwin: 12.5% No unpaid child care provided, City of Darwin: 62.8% Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, City of Darwin: 0.7% Cared for other child/ren, City of Darwin: 5.5% Cared for own child/ren, City of Darwin: 18.6% Provided unpaid child care (all), City of Darwin: 24.8%
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, City of Darwin: -151 No unpaid child care provided, City of Darwin: +3,750 Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, City of Darwin: -118 Cared for other child/ren, City of Darwin: +31 Cared for own child/ren, City of Darwin: +1,708 Provided unpaid child care (all), City of Darwin: +1,621
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 City of Darwin in 2016 compared to Greater Darwin shows that there was a lower proportion of people who provided unpaid child care either to their own or to other children. Overall, 24.8% of the population provided unpaid child care, compared with 26.7% for Greater Darwin.

The major differences between the share of the population providing unpaid child care in City of Darwin and Greater Darwin were:

  • A larger percentage who did not provide care for children (62.8% compared to 59.5%)
  • A smaller percentage who provided unpaid childcare for own child/ren (18.6% compared to 20.4%)

Emerging groups

The number of people who provided unpaid child care for their own and/or other people's children in City of Darwin increased by 1,621 between 2011 and 2016.

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

  • Provided no unpaid child care (+3,750 persons)
  • Cared for their own child/ren (+1,708 persons)
  • Cared for their own child/ren and other child/ren (-118 persons)

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