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Hobsons Bay City

Unpaid domestic work

In Hobsons Bay City 20% 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 Hobsons Bay City 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
Hobsons Bay City - (Usual residence) 20112006Change
Hours spent on unpaid domestic workNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2006 to 2011
Did unpaid domestic work46,54667.868.844,08067.168.6+2,466
Less than 5 hours15,48622.624.213,98821.323.1+1,498
Between 5 and 14 hours17,25425.124.915,60023.824.0+1,654
Between 15 and 29 hours7,52011.010.97,41711.311.2+103
30 hours or more6,2869.28.97,07510.810.3-789
Did no unpaid domestic work16,11423.523.215,02922.921.3+1,085
Not stated5,9988.78.06,55010.010.1-552

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, Greater Melbourne: 8.0% Did no unpaid domestic work, Greater Melbourne: 23.2% 30 hours or more, Greater Melbourne: 8.9% Between 15 and 29 hours, Greater Melbourne: 10.9% Between 5 and 14 hours, Greater Melbourne: 24.9% Less than 5 hours, Greater Melbourne: 24.2% Not stated, Hobsons Bay City: 8.7% Did no unpaid domestic work, Hobsons Bay City: 23.5% 30 hours or more, Hobsons Bay City: 9.2% Between 15 and 29 hours, Hobsons Bay City: 11.0% Between 5 and 14 hours, Hobsons Bay City: 25.1% Less than 5 hours, Hobsons Bay City: 22.6%
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, Hobsons Bay City: -552 Did no unpaid domestic work, Hobsons Bay City: +1,085 30 hours or more, Hobsons Bay City: -789 Between 15 and 29 hours, Hobsons Bay City: +103 Between 5 and 14 hours, Hobsons Bay City: +1,654 Less than 5 hours, Hobsons Bay City: +1,498
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 Hobsons Bay City in 2011 compared to Greater Melbourne shows that there was a similar proportion of persons who performed 15 hours or more of unpaid domestic work per week.

Overall, 20.1% of the population reported performing 15 hours or more of unpaid domestic work, compared with 19.8% for Greater Melbourne.

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

  • A smaller percentage of persons who did between 5 and 14 hours of domestic work (22.6% compared to 24.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who did domestic work (67.8% compared to 68.8%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Did unpaid domestic work (+2,466 persons)
  • Did between 5 and 14 hours of domestic work (+1,654 persons)
  • Did less than 5 hours of domestic work (+1,498 persons)
  • Did no unpaid domestic work (+1,085 persons)

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