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Perth Metropolitan Area

Unpaid domestic work

In the Perth Metropolitan Area 22% 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 Perth Metropolitan Area 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
Perth Metropolitan Area - Persons aged 15+ (Usual residence)20112006Change
Hours spent on unpaid domestic workNumber%Greater Perth %Number%Greater Perth %2006 to 2011
Did unpaid domestic work985,37970.670.6854,84270.270.2+130,536
Less than 5 hours321,84423.023.1270,88522.322.3+50,958
Between 5 and 14 hours362,47226.026.0301,12624.724.7+61,346
Between 15 and 29 hours161,77511.611.6144,93211.911.9+16,843
30 hours or more139,28810.010.0137,89811.311.3+1,389
Did no unpaid domestic work292,80421.021.0239,54919.719.7+53,254
Not stated118,1948.58.5122,84610.110.1-4,653

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, Greater Perth: 8.5% Did no unpaid domestic work, Greater Perth: 21.0% 30 hours or more, Greater Perth: 10.0% Between 15 and 29 hours, Greater Perth: 11.6% Between 5 and 14 hours, Greater Perth: 26.0% Less than 5 hours, Greater Perth: 23.1% Not stated, Perth Metropolitan Area: 8.5% Did no unpaid domestic work, Perth Metropolitan Area: 21.0% 30 hours or more, Perth Metropolitan Area: 10.0% Between 15 and 29 hours, Perth Metropolitan Area: 11.6% Between 5 and 14 hours, Perth Metropolitan Area: 26.0% Less than 5 hours, Perth Metropolitan Area: 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, Perth Metropolitan Area: -4,653 Did no unpaid domestic work, Perth Metropolitan Area: +53,254 30 hours or more, Perth Metropolitan Area: +1,389 Between 15 and 29 hours, Perth Metropolitan Area: +16,843 Between 5 and 14 hours, Perth Metropolitan Area: +61,346 Less than 5 hours, Perth Metropolitan Area: +50,958
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 the Perth Metropolitan Area in 2011 compared to Greater Perth shows that there was a similar proportion of persons who performed 15 hours or more of unpaid domestic work per week.

Overall, 21.6% of the population reported performing 15 hours or more of unpaid domestic work, compared with 21.6% for Greater Perth.

There were no major differences between Perth Metropolitan Area and Greater Perth in 2011.

Emerging groups

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

  • Did unpaid domestic work (+130,536 persons)
  • Did between 5 and 14 hours of domestic work (+61,346 persons)
  • Did no unpaid domestic work (+53,254 persons)
  • Did less than 5 hours of domestic work (+50,958 persons)

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