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Macarthur Region

Unpaid childcare

16,853 people in the Macarthur Region provided unpaid care for children other than their own in 2011.

The role of unpaid childcare in the Macarthur Region 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
Macarthur Region - Persons aged 15+ (Usual residence)20112006Change
Unpaid child careNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
Provided unpaid child care (all)59,53631.327.356,18531.826.3+3,351
Cared for own child/ren42,68322.420.041,07723.319.1+1,606
Cared for other child/ren15,0457.96.613,2377.56.5+1,808
Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren1,8081.00.71,8711.10.8-63
No unpaid child care provided117,14561.664.8105,83059.963.6+11,315
Not stated13,4957.17.914,5518.210.1-1,056

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 Sydney: 7.9% No unpaid child care provided, Greater Sydney: 64.8% Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, Greater Sydney: 0.7% Cared for other child/ren, Greater Sydney: 6.6% Cared for own child/ren, Greater Sydney: 20.0% Provided unpaid child care (all), Greater Sydney: 27.3% Not stated, Macarthur Region: 7.1% No unpaid child care provided, Macarthur Region: 61.6% Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, Macarthur Region: 1.0% Cared for other child/ren, Macarthur Region: 7.9% Cared for own child/ren, Macarthur Region: 22.4% Provided unpaid child care (all), Macarthur Region: 31.3%
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, Macarthur Region: -1,056 No unpaid child care provided, Macarthur Region: +11,315 Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, Macarthur Region: -63 Cared for other child/ren, Macarthur Region: +1,808 Cared for own child/ren, Macarthur Region: +1,606 Provided unpaid child care (all), Macarthur Region: +3,351
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 the Macarthur Region in 2011 compared to Greater Sydney shows that there was a higher proportion of people who provided unpaid child care either to their own or to other children. Overall, 31.3% of the population provided unpaid child care, compared with 27.3% for Greater Sydney.

The major differences between the share of the population providing unpaid child care in the Macarthur Region and Greater Sydney were:

  • A larger percentage who provided unpaid childcare for own child/ren (22.4% compared to 20.0%)
  • A larger percentage who provided unpaid childcare for other child/ren (7.9% compared to 6.6%)
  • A smaller percentage who did not provide care for children (61.6% compared to 64.8%)

Emerging groups

The number of people who provided unpaid child care for their own and/or other people's children in Macarthur Region increased by 3,351 between 2006 and 2011.

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

  • Provided no unpaid child care (+11,315 persons)
  • Cared for other child/ren (+1,808 persons)
  • Cared for their own child/ren (+1,606 persons)
  • Cared for their own child/ren and other child/ren (-63 persons)

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