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Gannawarra Shire

Unpaid childcare

721 people in Gannawarra Shire provided unpaid care for children other than their own in 2011.

The role of unpaid childcare in Gannawarra Shire 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
Gannawarra Shire - Persons aged 15+ (Usual residence)20112006Change
Unpaid child careNumber%Regional VIC %Number%Regional VIC %2006 to 2011
Provided unpaid child care (all)2,18625.828.02,37326.128.0-187
Cared for own child/ren1,46517.319.21,63918.119.4-174
Cared for other child/ren6487.67.86527.27.4-4
Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren730.91.1820.91.2-9
No unpaid child care provided5,57265.764.25,82764.263.3-255
Not stated7298.67.78779.78.7-148

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Unpaid childcare, 2011
Unpaid childcare, 2011 Not stated, Regional VIC: 7.7% No unpaid child care provided, Regional VIC: 64.2% Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, Regional VIC: 1.1% Cared for other child/ren, Regional VIC: 7.8% Cared for own child/ren, Regional VIC: 19.2% Provided unpaid child care (all), Regional VIC: 28.0% Not stated, Gannawarra Shire: 8.6% No unpaid child care provided, Gannawarra Shire: 65.7% Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, Gannawarra Shire: 0.9% Cared for other child/ren, Gannawarra Shire: 7.6% Cared for own child/ren, Gannawarra Shire: 17.3% Provided unpaid child care (all), Gannawarra Shire: 25.8%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in unpaid childcare, 2006 to 2011
Change in unpaid childcare, 2006 to 2011 Not stated, Gannawarra Shire: -148 No unpaid child care provided, Gannawarra Shire: -255 Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, Gannawarra Shire: -9 Cared for other child/ren, Gannawarra Shire: -4 Cared for own child/ren, Gannawarra Shire: -174 Provided unpaid child care (all), Gannawarra Shire: -187
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (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 Gannawarra Shire in 2011 compared to Regional VIC shows that there was a lower proportion of people who provided unpaid child care either to their own or to other children. Overall, 25.8% of the population provided unpaid child care, compared with 28.0% for Regional VIC.

The major differences between the share of the population providing unpaid child care in Gannawarra Shire and Regional VIC were:

  • A larger percentage who did not provide care for children (65.7% compared to 64.2%)
  • A smaller percentage who provided unpaid childcare for own child/ren (17.3% compared to 19.2%)

Emerging groups

The number of people who provided unpaid child care for their own and/or other people's children in Gannawarra Shire decreased by 187 between 2006 and 2011.

The largest changes in the number of people performing unpaid child care in Gannawarra Shire, between 2006 and 2011 were those who:

  • Provided no unpaid child care (-255 persons)
  • Cared for their own child/ren (-174 persons)

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