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Need for assistance - Unpaid childcare

291 people needing assistance in the City of Melton provide unpaid care for children other than their own.

The role of unpaid childcare in the City of Melton 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 (e.g. grandparents caring for grandchildren, family day care).

The level of unpaid child care among those with a disability can provide an insight into the level of demand for in-home assistance services, and school services.

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.

People with a need for assistance aged 15 years and over.

Unpaid childcare
City of Melton - Need for assistance20112006Change
Unpaid child careNumber%Greater MelbourneNumber%Greater Melbourne2006 to 2011
Provided unpaid child care (all)59415.29.431213.58.5+282
Cared for own child/ren3037.84.11687.33.7+135
Cared for other child/ren2747.05.01295.64.6+145
Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren170.40.2150.60.3+2
No unpaid child care provided3,07378.883.11,78477.281.2+1,289
Not stated2315.97.62169.310.3+15

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 No unpaid child care provided, Greater Melbourne: 83.1% Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, Greater Melbourne: 0.2% Cared for other child/ren, Greater Melbourne: 5.0% Cared for own child/ren, Greater Melbourne: 4.1% Provided unpaid child care (all), Greater Melbourne: 9.4% No unpaid child care provided, City of Melton: 78.8% Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, City of Melton: 0.4% Cared for other child/ren, City of Melton: 7.0% Cared for own child/ren, City of Melton: 7.8% Provided unpaid child care (all), City of Melton: 15.2%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in unpaid childcare, 2006 to 2011
Change in unpaid childcare, 2006 to 2011 No unpaid child care provided, City of Melton: +1,289 Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, City of Melton: +2 Cared for other child/ren, City of Melton: +145 Cared for own child/ren, City of Melton: +135 Provided unpaid child care (all), City of Melton: +282
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 people needing assistance in the City of Melton in 2011 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, 15.2% of the population needing assistance provided unpaid child care, compared with 9.4% for Greater Melbourne.

The major differences between the share of the population needing assistance providing unpaid child care in the City of Melton and Greater Melbourne were:

  • A larger percentage who Provided unpaid child care (all) (15.2% compared to 9.4%)
  • A larger percentage who provided unpaid childcare for own child/ren (7.8% compared to 4.1%)
  • A larger percentage who provided unpaid childcare for other child/ren (7.0% compared to 5.0%)
  • A smaller percentage who did not provide care for children (78.8% compared to 83.1%)

Emerging groups

The number of people needing assistance who provided unpaid child care for their own and/or other people's children in City of Melton increased by 282 between 2006 and 2011.

The largest changes in the number of people needing assistance performing unpaid child care in the City of Melton, between 2006 and 2011 were those who:

  • No unpaid child care provided (+1,289 persons)
  • Provided unpaid child care (all) (+282 persons)
  • Cared for other child/ren (+145 persons)
  • Cared for own child/ren (+135 persons)