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Unpaid childcare

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10,648 people in the City of Knox provided unpaid care for children other than their own in 2016.

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. 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
City of Knox - Persons aged 15+ (Usual residence)20162011Change
Unpaid child careNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idProvided unpaid child care (all)36,76128.927.535,16028.927.0+1,601
Cared for own child/ren
26,11320.620.325,00920.619.7+1,104
Cared for other child/ren
9,7117.66.58,9587.46.6+753
Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren
9370.70.71,1931.00.8-256
No unpaid child care provided
83,57065.865.280,47066.165.7+3,100
Not stated
6,7205.37.36,0245.07.3+696

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, Greater Melbourne: 7.3% No unpaid child care provided, Greater Melbourne: 65.2% Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, Greater Melbourne: 0.7% Cared for other child/ren, Greater Melbourne: 6.5% Cared for own child/ren, Greater Melbourne: 20.3% Provided unpaid child care (all), Greater Melbourne: 27.5% Not stated, City of Knox: 5.3% No unpaid child care provided, City of Knox: 65.8% Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, City of Knox: 0.7% Cared for other child/ren, City of Knox: 7.6% Cared for own child/ren, City of Knox: 20.6% Provided unpaid child care (all), City of Knox: 28.9%
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, City of Knox: +696 No unpaid child care provided, City of Knox: +3,100 Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, City of Knox: -256 Cared for other child/ren, City of Knox: +753 Cared for own child/ren, City of Knox: +1,104 Provided unpaid child care (all), City of Knox: +1,601
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 the City of Knox in 2016 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, 28.9% of the population provided unpaid child care, compared with 27.5% for Greater Melbourne.

The major difference between the share of the population providing unpaid child care in the City of Knox and Greater Melbourne was:

  • A larger percentage who provided unpaid childcare for other child/ren (7.6% compared to 6.5%)

Emerging groups

The number of people who provided unpaid child care for their own and/or other people's children in City of Knox increased by 1,601 between 2011 and 2016.

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

  • Provided no unpaid child care (+3,100 persons)
  • Cared for their own child/ren (+1,104 persons)
  • Cared for other child/ren (+753 persons)
  • Cared for their own child/ren and other child/ren (-256 persons)

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