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1,921 people in Ferntree Gully provided unpaid care for children other than their own in 2011.

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 - (Usual residence)20112006Change
Unpaid child careNumber%City of Knox %Number%City of Knox %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idProvided unpaid child care (all)6,27229.528.95,86129.429.3+411
Cared for own child/ren
4,35220.520.64,13020.721.3+221
Cared for other child/ren
1,6928.07.41,4777.46.9+214
Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren
2291.11.02541.31.1-25
No unpaid child care provided
13,88065.366.112,85164.564.6+1,029
Not stated
1,1065.25.01,2046.06.2-97

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, City of Knox: 5.0% No unpaid child care provided, City of Knox: 66.1% Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, City of Knox: 1.0% Cared for other child/ren, City of Knox: 7.4% 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: 65.3% Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, Ferntree Gully: 1.1% Cared for other child/ren, Ferntree Gully: 8.0% Cared for own child/ren, Ferntree Gully: 20.5% Provided unpaid child care (all), Ferntree Gully: 29.5%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
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Change in unpaid childcare, 2006 to 2011
Change in unpaid childcare, 2006 to 2011 Not stated, Ferntree Gully: -97 No unpaid child care provided, Ferntree Gully: +1,029 Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, Ferntree Gully: -25 Cared for other child/ren, Ferntree Gully: +214 Cared for own child/ren, Ferntree Gully: +221 Provided unpaid child care (all), Ferntree Gully: +411
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 population in Ferntree Gully in 2011 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, 29.5% 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 2011.

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 411 between 2006 and 2011.

The largest changes in the number of people performing unpaid child care in Ferntree Gully, between 2006 and 2011 were those who:

  • Provided no unpaid child care (+1,029 persons)
  • Cared for their own child/ren (+221 persons)
  • Cared for other child/ren (+214 persons)