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Ferntree Gully

Unpaid childcare

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This topic has been updated with 2016 Census data for all areas. What's this?

1,963 people in Ferntree Gully provided unpaid care for children other than their own in 2016.

The role of unpaid childcare in Ferntree Gully 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
Ferntree Gully - Persons aged 15+ (Usual residence)20162011Change
Unpaid child careNumber%City of Knox %Number%City of Knox %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idProvided unpaid child care (all)6,51429.928.96,27229.528.9+242
Cared for own child/ren
4,55020.920.64,35120.520.6+199
Cared for other child/ren
1,7658.17.61,6918.07.4+74
Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren
1980.90.72291.11.0-31
No unpaid child care provided
14,14164.965.813,87965.366.1+262
Not stated
1,1315.25.31,1065.25.0+26

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, 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% Not stated, Ferntree Gully: 5.2% No unpaid child care provided, Ferntree Gully: 64.9% Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, Ferntree Gully: 0.9% Cared for other child/ren, Ferntree Gully: 8.1% Cared for own child/ren, Ferntree Gully: 20.9% Provided unpaid child care (all), Ferntree Gully: 29.9%
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, Ferntree Gully: +26 No unpaid child care provided, Ferntree Gully: +262 Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, Ferntree Gully: -31 Cared for other child/ren, Ferntree Gully: +74 Cared for own child/ren, Ferntree Gully: +199 Provided unpaid child care (all), Ferntree Gully: +242
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 Ferntree Gully in 2016 compared to the City of Knox shows that there was a higher proportion of people who provided unpaid child care either to their own or to other children. Overall, 29.9% of the population provided unpaid child care, compared with 28.9% for the City of Knox.

There were no major differences between Ferntree Gully and City of Knox in 2016.

Emerging groups

The number of people who provided unpaid child care for their own and/or other people's children in Ferntree Gully increased by 242 between 2011 and 2016.

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

  • Provided no unpaid child care (+262 persons)
  • Cared for their own child/ren (+199 persons)
  • Cared for other child/ren (+74 persons)

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