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170 people in Lower Mitcham provided unpaid care for children other than their own in 2011.

The role of unpaid childcare in Lower Mitcham 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
Lower Mitcham - (Usual residence)20112006Change
Unpaid child careNumber%City of Mitcham %Number%City of Mitcham %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idProvided unpaid child care (all)55032.629.750030.428.2+51
Cared for own child/ren
38122.619.733120.218.4+50
Cared for other child/ren
1579.38.71338.18.5+24
Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren
130.81.3362.21.4-23
No unpaid child care provided
1,05962.765.71,06164.666.1-3
Not stated
784.64.6825.05.6-3

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 Mitcham: 4.6% No unpaid child care provided, City of Mitcham: 65.7% Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, City of Mitcham: 1.3% Cared for other child/ren, City of Mitcham: 8.7% Cared for own child/ren, City of Mitcham: 19.7% Provided unpaid child care (all), City of Mitcham: 29.7% Not stated, Lower Mitcham: 4.6% No unpaid child care provided, Lower Mitcham: 62.7% Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, Lower Mitcham: 0.8% Cared for other child/ren, Lower Mitcham: 9.3% Cared for own child/ren, Lower Mitcham: 22.6% Provided unpaid child care (all), Lower Mitcham: 32.6%
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, Lower Mitcham: -3 No unpaid child care provided, Lower Mitcham: -3 Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, Lower Mitcham: -23 Cared for other child/ren, Lower Mitcham: +24 Cared for own child/ren, Lower Mitcham: +50 Provided unpaid child care (all), Lower Mitcham: +51
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 Lower Mitcham in 2011 compared to the City of Mitcham shows that there was a higher proportion of people who provided unpaid child care either to their own or to other children. Overall, 32.6% of the population provided unpaid child care, compared with 29.7% for the City of Mitcham.

The major differences between the share of the population providing unpaid child care in Lower Mitcham and the City of Mitcham were:

  • A larger percentage who provided unpaid childcare for own child/ren (22.6% compared to 19.7%)
  • A smaller percentage who did not provide care for children (62.7% 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 Lower Mitcham increased by 50 between 2006 and 2011.

The largest change in the number of people performing unpaid child care in Lower Mitcham, between 2006 and 2011 was those who:

  • Cared for their own child/ren (+50 persons)