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Gunnedah Shire

Unpaid childcare

759 people in the Gunnedah Shire provided unpaid care for children other than their own in 2011.

The role of unpaid childcare in the Gunnedah 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
Gunnedah Shire - Persons aged 15+ (Usual residence)20112006Change
Unpaid child careNumber%Regional NSW %Number%Regional NSW %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idProvided unpaid child care (all)2,66728.128.02,47127.728.1+196
Cared for own child/ren
1,90820.119.01,80120.219.4+107
Cared for other child/ren
6677.07.96066.87.6+61
Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren
921.01.0640.71.1+28
No unpaid child care provided
5,91962.364.25,75664.563.3+163
Not stated
9099.67.86957.88.6+214

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 NSW: 7.8% No unpaid child care provided, Regional NSW: 64.2% Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, Regional NSW: 1.0% Cared for other child/ren, Regional NSW: 7.9% Cared for own child/ren, Regional NSW: 19.0% Provided unpaid child care (all), Regional NSW: 28.0% Not stated, Gunnedah Shire: 9.6% No unpaid child care provided, Gunnedah Shire: 62.3% Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, Gunnedah Shire: 1.0% Cared for other child/ren, Gunnedah Shire: 7.0% Cared for own child/ren, Gunnedah Shire: 20.1% Provided unpaid child care (all), Gunnedah Shire: 28.1%
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, Gunnedah Shire: +214 No unpaid child care provided, Gunnedah Shire: +163 Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, Gunnedah Shire: +28 Cared for other child/ren, Gunnedah Shire: +61 Cared for own child/ren, Gunnedah Shire: +107 Provided unpaid child care (all), Gunnedah Shire: +196
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 the Gunnedah Shire in 2011 compared to Regional NSW shows that there was a similar proportion of people who provided unpaid child care either to their own or to other children. Overall, 28.1% of the population provided unpaid child care, compared with 28.0% for Regional NSW.

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

  • A larger percentage who provided unpaid childcare for own child/ren (20.1% compared to 19.0%)
  • A smaller percentage who did not provide care for children (62.3% compared to 64.2%)

Emerging groups

The number of people who provided unpaid child care for their own and/or other people's children in Gunnedah Shire increased by 196 between 2006 and 2011.

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

  • Provided no unpaid child care (+163 persons)
  • Cared for their own child/ren (+107 persons)
  • Cared for other child/ren (+61 persons)

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