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2,155 people in Hills Region provided unpaid care for children other than their own in 2011.

The role of unpaid childcare in Hills Region 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
Hills Region - (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)5,90832.329.75,39729.928.2+511
Cared for own child/ren
3,75320.519.73,39518.818.4+358
Cared for other child/ren
1,88610.38.71,7239.68.5+163
Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren
2691.51.32791.51.4-10
No unpaid child care provided
11,70664.065.711,78965.466.1-83
Not stated
6833.74.68344.65.6-152

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, Hills Region: 3.7% No unpaid child care provided, Hills Region: 64.0% Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, Hills Region: 1.5% Cared for other child/ren, Hills Region: 10.3% Cared for own child/ren, Hills Region: 20.5% Provided unpaid child care (all), Hills Region: 32.3%
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, Hills Region: -152 No unpaid child care provided, Hills Region: -83 Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, Hills Region: -10 Cared for other child/ren, Hills Region: +163 Cared for own child/ren, Hills Region: +358 Provided unpaid child care (all), Hills Region: +511
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 Hills Region 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, 32.3% 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 Hills Region and the City of Mitcham were:

  • A larger percentage who provided unpaid childcare for other child/ren (10.3% compared to 8.7%)
  • A smaller percentage who did not provide care for children (64.0% 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 Hills Region increased by 511 between 2006 and 2011.

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

  • Cared for their own child/ren (+358 persons)
  • Cared for other child/ren (+163 persons)
  • Provided no unpaid child care (-83 persons)