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In Melton West 22% 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 Melton West 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
Melton West - (Usual residence) 20112006Change
Hours spent on unpaid domestic workNumber%City of Melton %Number%City of Melton %2006 to 2011
Did unpaid domestic work7,42369.366.45,59371.567.6+1,830
Less than 5 hours2,35322.021.31,76822.621.0+585
Between 5 and 14 hours2,74525.624.31,87023.923.5+875
Between 15 and 29 hours1,20311.210.594712.111.1+257
30 hours or more1,12010.410.31,00612.911.9+113
Did no unpaid domestic work2,38022.224.91,61120.622.5+769
Not stated9158.58.76228.09.9+293

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, Melton West: 8.5% Did no unpaid domestic work, Melton West: 22.2% 30 hours or more, Melton West: 10.4% Between 15 and 29 hours, Melton West: 11.2% Between 5 and 14 hours, Melton West: 25.6% Less than 5 hours, Melton West: 22.0%
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, Melton West: +293 Did no unpaid domestic work, Melton West: +769 30 hours or more, Melton West: +113 Between 15 and 29 hours, Melton West: +257 Between 5 and 14 hours, Melton West: +875 Less than 5 hours, Melton West: +585
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 Melton West in 2011 compared to the City of Melton shows that there was a higher proportion of persons who performed 15 hours or more of unpaid domestic work per week.

Overall, 21.7% of the population reported performing 15 hours or more of unpaid domestic work, compared with 20.8% for the City of Melton.

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

  • A larger percentage of persons who did domestic work (69.3% compared to 66.4%)
  • A larger percentage of persons who did between 15 and 29 hours of domestic work (25.6% compared to 24.3%)
  • A larger percentage of persons who did 30 hours or more of domestic work (11.2% compared to 10.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who did no unpaid domestic work (22.2% compared to 24.9%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Did unpaid domestic work (+1,830 persons)
  • Did between 5 and 14 hours of domestic work (+875 persons)
  • Did no unpaid domestic work (+769 persons)
  • Did less than 5 hours of domestic work (+585 persons)

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