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Perth Metropolitan Area

Unpaid childcare

113,881 people in the Perth Metropolitan Area provided unpaid care for children other than their own in 2011.

The role of unpaid childcare in the Perth Metropolitan Area 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
Perth Metropolitan Area - Persons aged 15+ (Usual residence)20112006Change
Unpaid child careNumber%Greater Perth %Number%Greater Perth %2006 to 2011
Provided unpaid child care (all)394,20428.228.2336,31627.627.6+57,888
Cared for own child/ren280,32320.120.1236,33719.419.4+43,986
Cared for other child/ren99,7747.17.186,4707.17.1+13,304
Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren14,1071.01.013,5081.11.1+598
No unpaid child care provided892,34563.963.9768,37263.163.1+123,972
Not stated109,8317.97.9112,6899.39.3-2,858

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 Perth: 7.9% No unpaid child care provided, Greater Perth: 63.9% Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, Greater Perth: 1.0% Cared for other child/ren, Greater Perth: 7.1% Cared for own child/ren, Greater Perth: 20.1% Provided unpaid child care (all), Greater Perth: 28.2% Not stated, Perth Metropolitan Area: 7.9% No unpaid child care provided, Perth Metropolitan Area: 63.9% Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, Perth Metropolitan Area: 1.0% Cared for other child/ren, Perth Metropolitan Area: 7.1% Cared for own child/ren, Perth Metropolitan Area: 20.1% Provided unpaid child care (all), Perth Metropolitan Area: 28.2%
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, Perth Metropolitan Area: -2,858 No unpaid child care provided, Perth Metropolitan Area: +123,972 Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, Perth Metropolitan Area: +598 Cared for other child/ren, Perth Metropolitan Area: +13,304 Cared for own child/ren, Perth Metropolitan Area: +43,986 Provided unpaid child care (all), Perth Metropolitan Area: +57,888
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 the Perth Metropolitan Area in 2011 compared to Greater Perth shows that there was a similar proportion of people who provided unpaid child care either to their own or to other children. Overall, 28.2% of the population provided unpaid child care, compared with 28.2% for Greater Perth.

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

Emerging groups

The number of people who provided unpaid child care for their own and/or other people's children in Perth Metropolitan Area increased by 57,888 between 2006 and 2011.

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

  • Provided no unpaid child care (+123,972 persons)
  • Cared for their own child/ren (+43,986 persons)
  • Cared for other child/ren (+13,304 persons)
  • Cared for their own child/ren and other child/ren (+598 persons)

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