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Life-stages - Unpaid childcare

In 2011, 329 people aged 15 to 17 years in the City of Joondalup provided unpaid care for children other than their own.

The role of unpaid childcare by age group is related to many factors. Generally parents between the age of 30 and 50 are the most likely to be caring for their own children, but this dataset can provide an insight into the role played by other family members, for example, grandparents and older siblings, in caring for children as well. The availability of affordable child care outside the home is also a factor. This dataset can shed some light on the level of child care provided both inside the household and to other households by people in different age categories, and how it differs between areas.

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 Unpaid Care to an aged or disabled person.

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.

Children aged 15 to 17 years

Unpaid childcare
City of Joondalup - 15 to 17 years20112006Change
Unpaid child careNumber%Western AustraliaNumber%Western Australia2006 to 2011
Provided unpaid child care (all)3825.36.74986.16.8-116
Cared for own child/ren530.70.9500.60.8+3
Cared for other child/ren3294.65.84395.46.0-110
Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren00.00.090.10.0-9
No unpaid child care provided6,20386.181.06,65982.077.8-456
Not stated6228.612.396311.915.4-341

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, Western Australia: 12.3% No unpaid child care provided, Western Australia: 81.0% Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, Western Australia: 0.0% Cared for other child/ren, Western Australia: 5.8% Cared for own child/ren, Western Australia: 0.9% Provided unpaid child care (all), Western Australia: 6.7% Not stated, City of Joondalup: 8.6% No unpaid child care provided, City of Joondalup: 86.1% Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, City of Joondalup: 0.0% Cared for other child/ren, City of Joondalup: 4.6% Cared for own child/ren, City of Joondalup: 0.7% Provided unpaid child care (all), City of Joondalup: 5.3%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in atlas.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in unpaid childcare, 2006 to 2011
Change in unpaid childcare, 2006 to 2011 Not stated, City of Joondalup: -341 No unpaid child care provided, City of Joondalup: -456 Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, City of Joondalup: -9 Cared for other child/ren, City of Joondalup: -110 Cared for own child/ren, City of Joondalup: +3 Provided unpaid child care (all), City of Joondalup: -116
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in atlas.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the unpaid child care provided by people aged 15 to 17 years in the City of Joondalup in 2011 compared to Western Australia shows that there was a lower proportion of people who provided unpaid child care either to their own or to other children. Overall, 5.3% of the population aged 15 to 17 years provided unpaid child care, compared with 6.7% for Western Australia.

The major differences between the share of people aged 15 to 17 years providing unpaid child care in the City of Joondalup and Western Australia were:

  • A larger percentage who No unpaid child care provided (86.1% compared to 81.0%)
  • A smaller percentage who Not stated (8.6% compared to 12.3%)
  • A smaller percentage who Provided unpaid child care (all) (5.3% compared to 6.7%)
  • A smaller percentage who Cared for other child/ren (4.6% compared to 5.8%)

Emerging groups

The number of people aged between 15 to 17 years who provided unpaid child care for their own and/or other people's children in City of Joondalup decreased by 116 between 2006 and 2011.

The largest changes in the number of people aged 15 to 17 years performing unpaid child care in the City of Joondalup, between 2006 and 2011 were those who:

  • No unpaid child care provided (-456 persons)
  • Not stated (-341 persons)
  • Provided unpaid child care (all) (-116 persons)
  • Cared for other child/ren (-110 persons)

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