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Unpaid childcare

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

929 people in Parkes Shire provided unpaid care for children other than their own in 2016.

The role of unpaid childcare in Parkes Shire 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
Parkes Shire - Persons aged 15+ (Usual residence)20162011Change
Unpaid child careNumber%Regional NSW %Number%Regional NSW %2011 to 2016
Provided unpaid child care (all)3,08226.427.13,24228.628.0-160
Cared for own child/ren2,15318.518.32,24819.919.0-95
Cared for other child/ren8357.27.98587.67.9-23
Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren940.80.81361.21.0-42
No unpaid child care provided7,15161.463.36,98461.764.2+167
Not stated1,42212.29.61,0909.67.8+332

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, Parkes Shire: 12.2% No unpaid child care provided, Parkes Shire: 61.4% Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, Parkes Shire: 0.8% Cared for other child/ren, Parkes Shire: 7.2% Cared for own child/ren, Parkes Shire: 18.5% Provided unpaid child care (all), Parkes Shire: 26.4%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
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Change in unpaid childcare, 2011 to 2016
Change in unpaid childcare, 2011 to 2016 Not stated, Parkes Shire: +332 No unpaid child care provided, Parkes Shire: +167 Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, Parkes Shire: -42 Cared for other child/ren, Parkes Shire: -23 Cared for own child/ren, Parkes Shire: -95 Provided unpaid child care (all), Parkes Shire: -160
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 Parkes Shire in 2016 compared to Regional NSW shows that there was a lower proportion of people who provided unpaid child care either to their own or to other children. Overall, 26.4% 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 Parkes Shire and Regional NSW was:

  • A smaller percentage who did not provide care for children (61.4% 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 Parkes Shire decreased by 160 between 2011 and 2016.

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

  • Provided no unpaid child care (+167 persons)
  • Cared for their own child/ren (-95 persons)

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