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Overseas born - Unpaid childcare

In 2011, 3,130 overseas born people in the City of Knox, provided unpaid care for children other than their own.

The role of unpaid childcare in the City of Knox 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. Some overseas-born communities, particularly those with multiple generations speaking the same language, may have a higher level of extended family care for children than the wider population.

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.

People born overseas aged 15+

Unpaid childcare
City of Knox - Overseas born20112006Change
Unpaid child careNumber%Greater MelbourneNumber%Greater Melbourne2006 to 2011
Provided unpaid child care (all)11,40829.026.810,10228.626.1+1,306
Cared for own child/ren8,27821.019.87,38520.918.7+893
Cared for other child/ren2,8987.46.52,4917.16.9+407
Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren2320.60.52260.60.5+6
No unpaid child care provided26,67267.769.323,61867.068.9+3,054
Not stated1,3223.43.81,5444.45.0-222

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, Greater Melbourne: 3.8% No unpaid child care provided, Greater Melbourne: 69.3% Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, Greater Melbourne: 0.5% Cared for other child/ren, Greater Melbourne: 6.5% Cared for own child/ren, Greater Melbourne: 19.8% Provided unpaid child care (all), Greater Melbourne: 26.8% Not stated, City of Knox: 3.4% No unpaid child care provided, City of Knox: 67.7% Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, City of Knox: 0.6% Cared for other child/ren, City of Knox: 7.4% Cared for own child/ren, City of Knox: 21.0% Provided unpaid child care (all), City of Knox: 29.0%
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, City of Knox: -222 No unpaid child care provided, City of Knox: +3,054 Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, City of Knox: +6 Cared for other child/ren, City of Knox: +407 Cared for own child/ren, City of Knox: +893 Provided unpaid child care (all), City of Knox: +1,306
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 overseas born population in the City of Knox in 2011 compared to Greater Melbourne shows that there was a higher proportion of people who provided unpaid child care either to their own or to other children. Overall, 29.0% of the overseas born population provided unpaid child care, compared with 26.8% for Greater Melbourne.

The major differences between the share of the overseas born population providing unpaid child care in the City of Knox and Greater Melbourne were:

  • A larger percentage who provided unpaid childcare for own child/ren (21.0% compared to 19.8%)
  • A smaller percentage who did not provide care for children (67.7% compared to 69.3%)

Emerging groups

The number of overseas born people who provided unpaid child care for their own and/or other people's children in the City of Knox increased by 1,306 between 2006 and 2011.

The largest changes in the number of overseas born people performing unpaid child care in the City of Knox, between 2006 and 2011 were those who:

  • No unpaid child care provided (+3,054 persons)
  • Cared for own child/ren (+893 persons)
  • Cared for other child/ren (+407 persons)