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5,932 people in the City of Melton provided unpaid care for children other than their own in 2011.

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 (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
City of Melton - (Usual residence)20112006Change
Unpaid child careNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idProvided unpaid child care (all)27,77433.827.019,29132.426.5+8,483
Cared for own child/ren
21,84226.619.715,05425.319.0+6,788
Cared for other child/ren
5,2456.46.63,6886.26.6+1,557
Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren
6870.80.85490.90.9+138
No unpaid child care provided
48,01758.465.734,94958.764.4+13,068
Not stated
6,4687.97.35,2588.89.1+1,210

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 Melbourne: 7.3% No unpaid child care provided, Greater Melbourne: 65.7% Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, Greater Melbourne: 0.8% Cared for other child/ren, Greater Melbourne: 6.6% Cared for own child/ren, Greater Melbourne: 19.7% Provided unpaid child care (all), Greater Melbourne: 27.0% Not stated, City of Melton: 7.9% No unpaid child care provided, City of Melton: 58.4% Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, City of Melton: 0.8% Cared for other child/ren, City of Melton: 6.4% Cared for own child/ren, City of Melton: 26.6% Provided unpaid child care (all), City of Melton: 33.8%
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 Not stated, City of Melton: +1,210 No unpaid child care provided, City of Melton: +13,068 Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, City of Melton: +138 Cared for other child/ren, City of Melton: +1,557 Cared for own child/ren, City of Melton: +6,788 Provided unpaid child care (all), City of Melton: +8,483
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 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, 33.8% of the population provided unpaid child care, compared with 27.0% for Greater Melbourne.

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

  • A larger percentage who provided unpaid childcare for own child/ren (26.6% compared to 19.7%)
  • A smaller percentage who did not provide care for children (58.4% compared to 65.7%)

Emerging groups

The number of people who provided unpaid child care for their own and/or other people's children in City of Melton increased by 8,483 between 2006 and 2011.

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

  • Provided no unpaid child care (+13,068 persons)
  • Cared for their own child/ren (+6,788 persons)
  • Cared for other child/ren (+1,557 persons)
  • Cared for their own child/ren and other child/ren (+138 persons)