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Gunnedah Shire

Unpaid domestic work

In the Gunnedah Shire 26% of the population over 15 did more than 14 hours of housework each week in 2011.

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 Gunnedah Shire 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
Gunnedah Shire - Persons aged 15+ (Usual residence)20112006Change
Hours spent on unpaid domestic workNumber%Regional NSW %Number%Regional NSW %2006 to 2011
Did unpaid domestic work6,48868.370.86,15369.070.5+335
Less than 5 hours1,78418.819.51,52617.118.7+258
Between 5 and 14 hours2,23423.525.72,01422.623.9+220
Between 15 and 29 hours1,18712.513.61,22713.813.7-40
30 hours or more1,28313.512.01,38615.514.2-103
Did no unpaid domestic work2,00121.120.51,96822.119.9+33
Not stated1,00610.68.67999.09.5+207

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

Unpaid domestic work, 2011
Unpaid domestic work, 2011 Not stated, Regional NSW: 8.6% Did no unpaid domestic work, Regional NSW: 20.5% 30 hours or more, Regional NSW: 12.0% Between 15 and 29 hours, Regional NSW: 13.6% Between 5 and 14 hours, Regional NSW: 25.7% Less than 5 hours, Regional NSW: 19.5% Not stated, Gunnedah Shire: 10.6% Did no unpaid domestic work, Gunnedah Shire: 21.1% 30 hours or more, Gunnedah Shire: 13.5% Between 15 and 29 hours, Gunnedah Shire: 12.5% Between 5 and 14 hours, Gunnedah Shire: 23.5% Less than 5 hours, Gunnedah Shire: 18.8%
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 domestic work, 2006 to 2011
Change in unpaid domestic work, 2006 to 2011 Not stated, Gunnedah Shire: +207 Did no unpaid domestic work, Gunnedah Shire: +33 30 hours or more, Gunnedah Shire: -103 Between 15 and 29 hours, Gunnedah Shire: -40 Between 5 and 14 hours, Gunnedah Shire: +220 Less than 5 hours, Gunnedah Shire: +258
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 domestic work performed by the population in the Gunnedah Shire in 2011 compared to Regional NSW shows that there was a similar proportion of persons who performed 15 hours or more of unpaid domestic work per week.

Overall, 26.0% of the population reported performing 15 hours or more of unpaid domestic work, compared with 25.6% for Regional NSW.

The major differences between the share of the population performing unpaid domestic work in the Gunnedah Shire and Regional NSW were:

  • A larger percentage of persons who did unpaid domestic work (total) (13.5% compared to 12.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who did domestic work (68.3% compared to 70.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who did between 15 and 29 hours of domestic work (23.5% compared to 25.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who did 30 hours or more of domestic work (12.5% compared to 13.6%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the number of people performing unpaid domestic work in the Gunnedah Shire, between 2006 and 2011 were those who:

  • Did unpaid domestic work (+335 persons)
  • Did less than 5 hours of domestic work (+258 persons)
  • Did between 5 and 14 hours of domestic work (+220 persons)
  • Did 30 hours or more of domestic work (-103 persons)

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