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Caroline Springs

Unpaid domestic work

In Caroline Springs 20% of the population over 15 did more than 14 hours of housework each week in 2011.

There has been increased interest in identifying, acknowledging and valuing the unpaid work that supports home and community life. The changing amount of time spent on unpaid housework in different Household Types and, particularly the distribution of this work within the household, can indicate the changing roles of males, females and older children in society. The level of unpaid domestic work in Caroline Springs may also be related to Household Income, as higher income households are able to outsource some of these tasks.

Derived from the Census question:

'In the last week did the person spend time doing unpaid domestic work for their household?'

Persons aged 15 years and over.

Unpaid domestic work
Caroline Springs - Persons aged 15+ (Usual residence)20112006Change
Hours spent on unpaid domestic workNumber%City of Melton %Number%City of Melton %2006 to 2011
Did unpaid domestic work10,23570.166.46,20871.567.6+4,027
Less than 5 hours3,31522.721.31,97222.721.0+1,343
Between 5 and 14 hours3,94627.024.32,38327.423.5+1,564
Between 15 and 29 hours1,49210.210.594810.911.1+544
30 hours or more1,48010.110.390410.411.9+576
Did no unpaid domestic work3,50424.024.91,75220.222.5+1,752
Not stated8575.98.77228.39.9+136

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Unpaid domestic work, 2011
Unpaid domestic work, 2011 Not stated, City of Melton: 8.7% Did no unpaid domestic work, City of Melton: 24.9% 30 hours or more, City of Melton: 10.3% Between 15 and 29 hours, City of Melton: 10.5% Between 5 and 14 hours, City of Melton: 24.3% Less than 5 hours, City of Melton: 21.3% Not stated, Caroline Springs: 5.9% Did no unpaid domestic work, Caroline Springs: 24.0% 30 hours or more, Caroline Springs: 10.1% Between 15 and 29 hours, Caroline Springs: 10.2% Between 5 and 14 hours, Caroline Springs: 27.0% Less than 5 hours, Caroline Springs: 22.7%
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 domestic work, 2006 to 2011
Change in unpaid domestic work, 2006 to 2011 Not stated, Caroline Springs: +136 Did no unpaid domestic work, Caroline Springs: +1,752 30 hours or more, Caroline Springs: +576 Between 15 and 29 hours, Caroline Springs: +544 Between 5 and 14 hours, Caroline Springs: +1,564 Less than 5 hours, Caroline Springs: +1,343
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 domestic work performed by the population in Caroline Springs in 2011 compared to City of Melton shows that there was a similar proportion of persons who performed 15 hours or more of unpaid domestic work per week.

Overall, 20.4% of the population reported performing 15 hours or more of unpaid domestic work, compared with 20.8% for City of Melton.

The major differences between the share of the population performing unpaid domestic work in Caroline Springs and City of Melton were:

  • A larger percentage of persons who did domestic work (70.1% compared to 66.4%)
  • A larger percentage of persons who did between 15 and 29 hours of domestic work (27.0% compared to 24.3%)
  • A larger percentage of persons who did between 5 and 14 hours of domestic work (22.7% compared to 21.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who did no unpaid domestic work (24.0% compared to 24.9%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the number of people performing unpaid domestic work in Caroline Springs, between 2006 and 2011 were those who:

  • Did unpaid domestic work (+4,027 persons)
  • Did no unpaid domestic work (+1,752 persons)
  • Did between 5 and 14 hours of domestic work (+1,564 persons)
  • Did less than 5 hours of domestic work (+1,343 persons)

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