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Dandenong Foothills Policy Area

Unpaid childcare

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2,160 people in Dandenong Foothills Policy Area provided unpaid care for children other than their own in 2016.

The role of unpaid childcare in Dandenong Foothills Policy Area 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
Dandenong Foothills Policy Area - 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)7,20529.728.96,99729.428.9+209
Cared for own child/ren
5,04420.820.64,83820.320.6+206
Cared for other child/ren
1,9207.97.61,8527.87.4+68
Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren
2401.00.73061.31.0-66
No unpaid child care provided
15,57864.265.815,38664.666.1+192
Not stated
1,4776.15.31,4366.05.0+41

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, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: 6.1% No unpaid child care provided, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: 64.2% Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: 1.0% Cared for other child/ren, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: 7.9% Cared for own child/ren, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: 20.8% Provided unpaid child care (all), Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: 29.7%
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, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: +41 No unpaid child care provided, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: +192 Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: -66 Cared for other child/ren, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: +68 Cared for own child/ren, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: +206 Provided unpaid child care (all), Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: +209
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 Dandenong Foothills Policy Area 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, 29.7% of the population provided unpaid child care, compared with 28.9% for the City of Knox.

The major difference between the share of the population providing unpaid child care in Dandenong Foothills Policy Area and the City of Knox was:

  • A smaller percentage who did not provide care for children (64.2% compared to 65.8%)

Emerging groups

The number of people who provided unpaid child care for their own and/or other people's children in Dandenong Foothills Policy Area increased by 208 between 2011 and 2016.

The largest changes in the number of people performing unpaid child care in Dandenong Foothills Policy Area, between 2011 and 2016 were those who:

  • Cared for their own child/ren (+206 persons)
  • Provided no unpaid child care (+192 persons)
  • Cared for other child/ren (+68 persons)
  • Cared for their own child/ren and other child/ren (-66 persons)

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