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Mornington Peninsula Shire

Unpaid childcare

11,064 people in Mornington Peninsula Shire provided unpaid care for children other than their own in 2011.

The role of unpaid childcare in Mornington Peninsula Shire 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
Mornington Peninsula Shire - (Usual residence)20112006Change
Unpaid child careNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idProvided unpaid child care (all)33,76828.627.030,20627.326.5+3,562
Cared for own child/ren
22,70419.219.720,52218.519.0+2,182
Cared for other child/ren
9,7908.36.68,3577.56.6+1,433
Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren
1,2741.10.81,3271.20.9-53
No unpaid child care provided
74,84863.465.768,42861.864.4+6,420
Not stated
9,4388.07.312,11910.99.1-2,681

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, Greater Melbourne: 7.3% No unpaid child care provided, Greater Melbourne: 65.7% Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, Greater Melbourne: 0.8% Cared for other child/ren, Greater Melbourne: 6.6% Cared for own child/ren, Greater Melbourne: 19.7% Provided unpaid child care (all), Greater Melbourne: 27.0% Not stated, Mornington Peninsula Shire: 8.0% No unpaid child care provided, Mornington Peninsula Shire: 63.4% Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, Mornington Peninsula Shire: 1.1% Cared for other child/ren, Mornington Peninsula Shire: 8.3% Cared for own child/ren, Mornington Peninsula Shire: 19.2% Provided unpaid child care (all), Mornington Peninsula Shire: 28.6%
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, Mornington Peninsula Shire: -2,681 No unpaid child care provided, Mornington Peninsula Shire: +6,420 Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, Mornington Peninsula Shire: -53 Cared for other child/ren, Mornington Peninsula Shire: +1,433 Cared for own child/ren, Mornington Peninsula Shire: +2,182 Provided unpaid child care (all), Mornington Peninsula Shire: +3,562
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 Mornington Peninsula Shire in 2011 compared to Greater Melbourne shows that there was a higher proportion of people who provided unpaid child care either to their own or to other children. Overall, 28.6% of the population provided unpaid child care, compared with 27.0% for Greater Melbourne.

The major differences between the share of the population providing unpaid child care in Mornington Peninsula Shire and Greater Melbourne were:

  • A larger percentage who provided unpaid childcare for other child/ren (8.3% compared to 6.6%)
  • A smaller percentage who did not provide care for children (63.4% 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 Mornington Peninsula Shire increased by 3,562 between 2006 and 2011.

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

  • Provided no unpaid child care (+6,420 persons)
  • Cared for their own child/ren (+2,182 persons)
  • Cared for other child/ren (+1,433 persons)
  • Cared for their own child/ren and other child/ren (-53 persons)