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Unpaid childcare

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11,653 people in the City of Newcastle provided unpaid care for children other than their own in 2016.

The role of unpaid childcare in the City of Newcastle 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
City of Newcastle - Persons aged 15+ (Usual residence)20162011Change
Unpaid child careNumber%Regional NSW %Number%Regional NSW %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idProvided unpaid child care (all)35,79027.727.133,98327.628.0+1,807
Cared for own child/ren
24,13718.718.322,38418.219.0+1,753
Cared for other child/ren
10,6068.27.910,2818.37.9+325
Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren
1,0470.80.81,3181.11.0-271
No unpaid child care provided
84,09865.163.380,71865.564.2+3,380
Not stated
9,3257.29.68,5246.97.8+801

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

Unpaid childcare, 2016
Unpaid childcare, 2016 Not stated, Regional NSW: 9.6% No unpaid child care provided, Regional NSW: 63.3% Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, Regional NSW: 0.8% Cared for other child/ren, Regional NSW: 7.9% Cared for own child/ren, Regional NSW: 18.3% Provided unpaid child care (all), Regional NSW: 27.1% Not stated, City of Newcastle: 7.2% No unpaid child care provided, City of Newcastle: 65.1% Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, City of Newcastle: 0.8% Cared for other child/ren, City of Newcastle: 8.2% Cared for own child/ren, City of Newcastle: 18.7% Provided unpaid child care (all), City of Newcastle: 27.7%
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 childcare, 2011 to 2016
Change in unpaid childcare, 2011 to 2016 Not stated, City of Newcastle: +801 No unpaid child care provided, City of Newcastle: +3,380 Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, City of Newcastle: -271 Cared for other child/ren, City of Newcastle: +325 Cared for own child/ren, City of Newcastle: +1,753 Provided unpaid child care (all), City of Newcastle: +1,807
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 child care provided by the population in the City of Newcastle in 2016 compared to Regional NSW shows that there was a higher proportion of people who provided unpaid child care either to their own or to other children. Overall, 27.7% of the population provided unpaid child care, compared with 27.1% for Regional NSW.

The major difference between the share of the population providing unpaid child care in the City of Newcastle and Regional NSW was:

  • A larger percentage who did not provide care for children (65.1% compared to 63.3%)

Emerging groups

The number of people who provided unpaid child care for their own and/or other people's children in City of Newcastle increased by 1,807 between 2011 and 2016.

The largest changes in the number of people performing unpaid child care in the City of Newcastle, between 2011 and 2016 were those who:

  • Provided no unpaid child care (+3,380 persons)
  • Cared for their own child/ren (+1,753 persons)
  • Cared for other child/ren (+325 persons)
  • Cared for their own child/ren and other child/ren (-271 persons)

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