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268 people in Rural Balance provided unpaid care for children other than their own in 2011.

The role of unpaid childcare in Rural Balance 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
Rural Balance - (Usual residence)20112006Change
Unpaid child careNumber%City of Melton %Number%City of Melton %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idProvided unpaid child care (all)84521.733.868123.332.4+164
Cared for own child/ren
57614.826.649817.125.3+78
Cared for other child/ren
2496.46.41665.76.2+83
Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren
190.50.8160.60.9+3
No unpaid child care provided
1,81346.758.41,52052.158.7+294
Not stated
1,22831.67.971924.68.8+509

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, 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% Not stated, Rural Balance: 31.6% No unpaid child care provided, Rural Balance: 46.7% Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, Rural Balance: 0.5% Cared for other child/ren, Rural Balance: 6.4% Cared for own child/ren, Rural Balance: 14.8% Provided unpaid child care (all), Rural Balance: 21.7%
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 childcare, 2006 to 2011
Change in unpaid childcare, 2006 to 2011 Not stated, Rural Balance: +509 No unpaid child care provided, Rural Balance: +294 Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, Rural Balance: +3 Cared for other child/ren, Rural Balance: +83 Cared for own child/ren, Rural Balance: +78 Provided unpaid child care (all), Rural Balance: +164
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 Rural Balance in 2011 compared to the City of Melton shows that there was a lower proportion of people who provided unpaid child care either to their own or to other children. Overall, 21.7% of the population provided unpaid child care, compared with 33.8% for the City of Melton.

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

  • A smaller percentage who provided unpaid childcare for own child/ren (14.8% compared to 26.6%)
  • A smaller percentage who did not provide care for children (46.7% compared to 58.4%)

Emerging groups

The number of people who provided unpaid child care for their own and/or other people's children in Rural Balance increased by 164 between 2006 and 2011.

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

  • Provided no unpaid child care (+294 persons)
  • Cared for other child/ren (+83 persons)
  • Cared for their own child/ren (+78 persons)