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District Council of Mount Barker

Unpaid domestic work

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In the District Council of Mount Barker 25% of the population over 15 did more than 14 hours of housework each week in 2016.

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 District Council of Mount Barker 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
District Council of Mount Barker - Persons aged 15+ (Usual residence)20162011Change
Hours spent on unpaid domestic workNumber%Greater Adelaide %Number%Greater Adelaide %2011 to 2016
Did unpaid domestic work20,81578.171.418,49979.571.8+2,316
Less than 5 hours5,91122.222.65,21222.422.5+699
Between 5 and 14 hours8,18530.727.96,95829.927.3+1,227
Between 15 and 29 hours3,86014.512.33,53715.212.6+323
30 hours or more2,85910.78.62,79212.09.4+67
Did no unpaid domestic work3,92314.721.83,65615.721.2+267
Not stated1,9107.26.81,1004.77.0+810

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Unpaid domestic work, 2016
Unpaid domestic work, 2016 Not stated, Greater Adelaide: 6.8% Did no unpaid domestic work, Greater Adelaide: 21.8% 30 hours or more, Greater Adelaide: 8.6% Between 15 and 29 hours, Greater Adelaide: 12.3% Between 5 and 14 hours, Greater Adelaide: 27.9% Less than 5 hours, Greater Adelaide: 22.6% Not stated, District Council of Mount Barker: 7.2% Did no unpaid domestic work, District Council of Mount Barker: 14.7% 30 hours or more, District Council of Mount Barker: 10.7% Between 15 and 29 hours, District Council of Mount Barker: 14.5% Between 5 and 14 hours, District Council of Mount Barker: 30.7% Less than 5 hours, District Council of Mount Barker: 22.2%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in unpaid domestic work, 2011 to 2016
Change in unpaid domestic work, 2011 to 2016 Not stated, District Council of Mount Barker: +810 Did no unpaid domestic work, District Council of Mount Barker: +267 30 hours or more, District Council of Mount Barker: +67 Between 15 and 29 hours, District Council of Mount Barker: +323 Between 5 and 14 hours, District Council of Mount Barker: +1,227 Less than 5 hours, District Council of Mount Barker: +699
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016 (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 the District Council of Mount Barker in 2016 compared to Greater Adelaide shows that there was a higher proportion of persons who performed 15 hours or more of unpaid domestic work per week.

Overall, 25.2% of the population reported performing 15 hours or more of unpaid domestic work, compared with 20.9% for Greater Adelaide.

The major differences between the share of the population performing unpaid domestic work in the District Council of Mount Barker and Greater Adelaide were:

  • A larger percentage of persons who did domestic work (78.1% compared to 71.4%)
  • A larger percentage of persons who did between 15 and 29 hours of domestic work (30.7% compared to 27.9%)
  • A larger percentage of persons who did 30 hours or more of domestic work (14.5% compared to 12.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who did no unpaid domestic work (14.7% compared to 21.8%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the number of people performing unpaid domestic work in the District Council of Mount Barker, between 2011 and 2016 were those who:

  • Did unpaid domestic work (+2,316 persons)
  • Did between 5 and 14 hours of domestic work (+1,227 persons)
  • Did less than 5 hours of domestic work (+699 persons)
  • Did between 15 and 29 hours of domestic work (+323 persons)

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