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639 people in Altona North provided unpaid care for children other than their own in 2011.

The role of unpaid childcare in Altona North 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
Altona North - (Usual residence)20112006Change
Unpaid child careNumber%Hobsons Bay City %Number%Hobsons Bay City %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idProvided unpaid child care (all)2,11522.326.72,06523.027.1+51
Cared for own child/ren
1,47615.619.71,29914.419.5+178
Cared for other child/ren
5896.26.27057.86.6-116
Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren
500.50.8610.70.9-11
No unpaid child care provided
6,15965.065.45,95066.264.2+209
Not stated
1,20112.77.997710.98.7+224

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, Hobsons Bay City: 7.9% No unpaid child care provided, Hobsons Bay City: 65.4% Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, Hobsons Bay City: 0.8% Cared for other child/ren, Hobsons Bay City: 6.2% Cared for own child/ren, Hobsons Bay City: 19.7% Provided unpaid child care (all), Hobsons Bay City: 26.7% Not stated, Altona North: 12.7% No unpaid child care provided, Altona North: 65.0% Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, Altona North: 0.5% Cared for other child/ren, Altona North: 6.2% Cared for own child/ren, Altona North: 15.6% Provided unpaid child care (all), Altona North: 22.3%
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, Altona North: +224 No unpaid child care provided, Altona North: +209 Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, Altona North: -11 Cared for other child/ren, Altona North: -116 Cared for own child/ren, Altona North: +178 Provided unpaid child care (all), Altona North: +51
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 Altona North in 2011 compared to Hobsons Bay City shows that there was a lower proportion of people who provided unpaid child care either to their own or to other children. Overall, 22.3% of the population provided unpaid child care, compared with 26.7% for Hobsons Bay City.

The major difference between the share of the population providing unpaid child care in Altona North and Hobsons Bay City was:

  • A smaller percentage who provided unpaid childcare for own child/ren (15.6% compared to 19.7%)

Emerging groups

The number of people who provided unpaid child care for their own and/or other people's children in Altona North increased by 50 between 2006 and 2011.

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

  • Provided no unpaid child care (+209 persons)
  • Cared for their own child/ren (+178 persons)
  • Cared for other child/ren (-116 persons)