City of Monash

Unpaid domestic work

In the City of Monash 21% 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 the City of Monash 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
City of Monash - Total persons (Enumerated)20112006Change
Hours spent on unpaid domestic workNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2006 to 2011
Did unpaid domestic work97,70568.868.900.00.0+97,705
Less than 5 hours33,65223.724.200.00.0+33,652
Between 5 and 14 hours34,79424.524.900.00.0+34,794
Between 15 and 29 hours16,48911.610.900.00.0+16,489
30 hours or more12,7709.08.900.00.0+12,770
Did no unpaid domestic work34,83124.523.100.00.0+34,831
Not stated9,4056.68.000.00.0+9,405

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Unpaid domestic work, 2011
Unpaid domestic work, 2011 Not stated, Greater Melbourne: 8.0% Did no unpaid domestic work, Greater Melbourne: 23.1% 30 hours or more, Greater Melbourne: 8.9% Between 15 and 29 hours, Greater Melbourne: 10.9% Between 5 and 14 hours, Greater Melbourne: 24.9% Less than 5 hours, Greater Melbourne: 24.2% Not stated, City of Monash: 6.6% Did no unpaid domestic work, City of Monash: 24.5% 30 hours or more, City of Monash: 9.0% Between 15 and 29 hours, City of Monash: 11.6% Between 5 and 14 hours, City of Monash: 24.5% Less than 5 hours, City of Monash: 23.7%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Enumerated 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, City of Monash: +9,405 Did no unpaid domestic work, City of Monash: +34,831 30 hours or more, City of Monash: +12,770 Between 15 and 29 hours, City of Monash: +16,489 Between 5 and 14 hours, City of Monash: +34,794 Less than 5 hours, City of Monash: +33,652
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (Enumerated 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 the City of Monash in 2011 compared to Greater Melbourne shows that there was a higher proportion of persons who performed 15 hours or more of unpaid domestic work per week.

Overall, 20.6% of the population reported performing 15 hours or more of unpaid domestic work, compared with 19.8% for Greater Melbourne.

The major differences between the share of the population performing unpaid domestic work in the City of Monash and Greater Melbourne were:

  • A larger percentage of persons who did no unpaid domestic work (24.5% compared to 23.1%)
  • A larger percentage of persons who did 30 hours or more of domestic work (11.6% compared to 10.9%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Did unpaid domestic work (+97,705 persons)
  • Did no unpaid domestic work (+34,831 persons)
  • Did between 5 and 14 hours of domestic work (+34,794 persons)
  • Did less than 5 hours of domestic work (+33,652 persons)

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