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Dandenong Foothills Policy Area

Unpaid domestic work

In Dandenong Foothills Policy Area 22% 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 Dandenong Foothills Policy Area 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
Dandenong Foothills Policy Area - (Usual residence) 20112006Change
Hours spent on unpaid domestic workNumber%City of Knox %Number%City of Knox %2006 to 2011
Did unpaid domestic work17,35573.072.516,85873.372.8+498
Less than 5 hours5,63023.724.75,19722.623.9+433
Between 5 and 14 hours6,40926.926.15,97026.025.1+439
Between 15 and 29 hours2,97312.512.12,99513.012.4-23
30 hours or more2,3429.99.62,69411.711.4-352
Did no unpaid domestic work4,80220.221.84,51719.620.2+285
Not stated1,6246.85.71,6247.17.00

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, City of Knox: 5.7% Did no unpaid domestic work, City of Knox: 21.8% 30 hours or more, City of Knox: 9.6% Between 15 and 29 hours, City of Knox: 12.1% Between 5 and 14 hours, City of Knox: 26.1% Less than 5 hours, City of Knox: 24.7% Not stated, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: 6.8% Did no unpaid domestic work, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: 20.2% 30 hours or more, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: 9.9% Between 15 and 29 hours, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: 12.5% Between 5 and 14 hours, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: 26.9% Less than 5 hours, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: 23.7%
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, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: 0 Did no unpaid domestic work, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: +285 30 hours or more, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: -352 Between 15 and 29 hours, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: -23 Between 5 and 14 hours, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: +439 Less than 5 hours, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: +433
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 Dandenong Foothills Policy Area in 2011 compared to the City of Knox shows that there was a higher proportion of persons who performed 15 hours or more of unpaid domestic work per week.

Overall, 22.4% of the population reported performing 15 hours or more of unpaid domestic work, compared with 21.8% for the City of Knox.

The major differences between the share of the population performing unpaid domestic work in Dandenong Foothills Policy Area and the City of Knox were:

  • A larger percentage of persons who did between 15 and 29 hours of domestic work (26.9% compared to 26.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who did no unpaid domestic work (20.2% compared to 21.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who did between 5 and 14 hours of domestic work (23.7% compared to 24.7%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the number of people performing unpaid domestic work in Dandenong Foothills Policy Area, between 2006 and 2011 were those who:

  • Did unpaid domestic work (+498 persons)
  • Did between 5 and 14 hours of domestic work (+439 persons)
  • Did less than 5 hours of domestic work (+433 persons)
  • Did 30 hours or more of domestic work (-352 persons)

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