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Altona North

Unpaid childcare

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607 people in Altona North provided unpaid care for children other than their own in 2016.

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 - Persons aged 15+ (Usual residence)20162011Change
Unpaid child careNumber%Hobsons Bay City %Number%Hobsons Bay City %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idProvided unpaid child care (all)2,42724.427.92,11522.326.7+312
Cared for own child/ren
1,81918.321.11,47615.619.7+343
Cared for other child/ren
5575.66.15896.26.2-32
Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren
500.50.7490.50.8+1
No unpaid child care provided
6,58866.264.96,15965.065.4+429
Not stated
9439.57.21,20112.77.9-258

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Unpaid childcare, 2016
Unpaid childcare, 2016 Not stated, Hobsons Bay City: 7.2% No unpaid child care provided, Hobsons Bay City: 64.9% Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, Hobsons Bay City: 0.7% Cared for other child/ren, Hobsons Bay City: 6.1% Cared for own child/ren, Hobsons Bay City: 21.1% Provided unpaid child care (all), Hobsons Bay City: 27.9% Not stated, Altona North: 9.5% No unpaid child care provided, Altona North: 66.2% Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, Altona North: 0.5% Cared for other child/ren, Altona North: 5.6% Cared for own child/ren, Altona North: 18.3% Provided unpaid child care (all), Altona North: 24.4%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in unpaid childcare, 2011 to 2016
Change in unpaid childcare, 2011 to 2016 Not stated, Altona North: -258 No unpaid child care provided, Altona North: +429 Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, Altona North: +1 Cared for other child/ren, Altona North: -32 Cared for own child/ren, Altona North: +343 Provided unpaid child care (all), Altona North: +312
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016 (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 2016 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, 24.4% of the population provided unpaid child care, compared with 27.9% for Hobsons Bay City.

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

  • A larger percentage who did not provide care for children (66.2% compared to 64.9%)
  • A smaller percentage who provided unpaid childcare for own child/ren (18.3% compared to 21.1%)

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 312 between 2011 and 2016.

The largest changes in the number of people performing unpaid child care in Altona North, between 2011 and 2016 were those who:

  • Provided no unpaid child care (+429 persons)
  • Cared for their own child/ren (+343 persons)

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