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In Somerville 23% 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 Somerville 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
Somerville - (Usual residence) 20112006Change
Hours spent on unpaid domestic workNumber%Mornington Peninsula Shire %Number%Mornington Peninsula Shire %2006 to 2011
Did unpaid domestic work6,34073.071.46,10873.769.8+232
Less than 5 hours1,99723.020.41,87222.618.8+125
Between 5 and 14 hours2,31726.725.82,07625.123.9+241
Between 15 and 29 hours1,07612.413.71,08613.113.7-10
30 hours or more94910.911.51,07212.913.4-124
Did no unpaid domestic work1,81920.919.71,45917.618.4+361
Not stated5266.18.87228.711.8-196

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

Unpaid domestic work, 2011
Unpaid domestic work, 2011 Not stated, Mornington Peninsula Shire: 8.8% Did no unpaid domestic work, Mornington Peninsula Shire: 19.7% 30 hours or more, Mornington Peninsula Shire: 11.5% Between 15 and 29 hours, Mornington Peninsula Shire: 13.7% Between 5 and 14 hours, Mornington Peninsula Shire: 25.8% Less than 5 hours, Mornington Peninsula Shire: 20.4% Not stated, Somerville: 6.1% Did no unpaid domestic work, Somerville: 20.9% 30 hours or more, Somerville: 10.9% Between 15 and 29 hours, Somerville: 12.4% Between 5 and 14 hours, Somerville: 26.7% Less than 5 hours, Somerville: 23.0%
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 domestic work, 2006 to 2011
Change in unpaid domestic work, 2006 to 2011 Not stated, Somerville: -196 Did no unpaid domestic work, Somerville: +361 30 hours or more, Somerville: -124 Between 15 and 29 hours, Somerville: -10 Between 5 and 14 hours, Somerville: +241 Less than 5 hours, Somerville: +125
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 domestic work performed by the population in Somerville in 2011 compared to Mornington Peninsula Shire shows that there was a lower proportion of persons who performed 15 hours or more of unpaid domestic work per week.

Overall, 23.3% of the population reported performing 15 hours or more of unpaid domestic work, compared with 25.1% for Mornington Peninsula Shire.

The major differences between the share of the population performing unpaid domestic work in Somerville and Mornington Peninsula Shire were:

  • A larger percentage of persons who did between 5 and 14 hours of domestic work (23.0% compared to 20.4%)
  • A larger percentage of persons who did domestic work (73.0% compared to 71.4%)
  • A larger percentage of persons who did no unpaid domestic work (20.9% compared to 19.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who did 30 hours or more of domestic work (12.4% compared to 13.7%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Did no unpaid domestic work (+361 persons)
  • Did between 5 and 14 hours of domestic work (+241 persons)
  • Did unpaid domestic work (+232 persons)
  • Did less than 5 hours of domestic work (+125 persons)

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