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Shire of Murray

Unpaid domestic work

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This topic has been updated with 2016 Census data for all areas. What's this?

In Shire of Murray 26% 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 Shire of Murray 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
Shire of Murray - Persons aged 15+ (Usual residence)20162011Change
Hours spent on unpaid domestic workNumber%Greater Perth %Number%Greater Perth %2011 to 2016
Did unpaid domestic work9,26268.370.27,86669.370.6+1,396
Less than 5 hours2,34717.323.31,89416.723.1+453
Between 5 and 14 hours3,37124.926.52,69923.826.0+672
Between 15 and 29 hours1,72912.811.31,58614.011.6+143
30 hours or more1,81513.49.11,68714.910.0+128
Did no unpaid domestic work2,85421.121.52,37120.921.0+483
Not stated1,44010.68.31,1149.88.5+326

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 Perth: 8.3% Did no unpaid domestic work, Greater Perth: 21.5% 30 hours or more, Greater Perth: 9.1% Between 15 and 29 hours, Greater Perth: 11.3% Between 5 and 14 hours, Greater Perth: 26.5% Less than 5 hours, Greater Perth: 23.3% Not stated, Shire of Murray: 10.6% Did no unpaid domestic work, Shire of Murray: 21.1% 30 hours or more, Shire of Murray: 13.4% Between 15 and 29 hours, Shire of Murray: 12.8% Between 5 and 14 hours, Shire of Murray: 24.9% Less than 5 hours, Shire of Murray: 17.3%
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, Shire of Murray: +326 Did no unpaid domestic work, Shire of Murray: +483 30 hours or more, Shire of Murray: +128 Between 15 and 29 hours, Shire of Murray: +143 Between 5 and 14 hours, Shire of Murray: +672 Less than 5 hours, Shire of Murray: +453
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 Shire of Murray in 2016 compared to Greater Perth shows that there was a higher proportion of persons who performed 15 hours or more of unpaid domestic work per week.

Overall, 26.1% of the population reported performing 15 hours or more of unpaid domestic work, compared with 20.4% for Greater Perth.

The major differences between the share of the population performing unpaid domestic work in Shire of Murray and Greater Perth were:

  • A larger percentage of persons who did unpaid domestic work (total) (13.4% compared to 9.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who did between 5 and 14 hours of domestic work (17.3% compared to 23.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who did domestic work (68.3% compared to 70.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who did between 15 and 29 hours of domestic work (24.9% compared to 26.5%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the number of people performing unpaid domestic work in Shire of Murray, between 2011 and 2016 were those who:

  • Did unpaid domestic work (+1,396 persons)
  • Did between 5 and 14 hours of domestic work (+672 persons)
  • Did no unpaid domestic work (+483 persons)
  • Did less than 5 hours of domestic work (+453 persons)

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