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RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

Unpaid domestic work

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In the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region 24% 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 the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region 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
RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Persons aged 15+ (Usual residence)20162011Change
Hours spent on unpaid domestic workNumber%Regional QLD %Number%Regional QLD %2011 to 2016
Did unpaid domestic work146,63869.869.3139,90670.870.3+6,732
Less than 5 hours41,68619.820.938,49419.520.6+3,192
Between 5 and 14 hours54,74826.126.350,15125.425.8+4,597
Between 15 and 29 hours26,63112.712.226,06913.212.6+562
30 hours or more23,57311.210.025,19212.711.3-1,619
Did no unpaid domestic work41,62019.820.239,71220.119.9+1,908
Not stated21,85510.410.418,0129.19.8+3,843

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, Regional QLD: 10.4% Did no unpaid domestic work, Regional QLD: 20.2% 30 hours or more, Regional QLD: 10.0% Between 15 and 29 hours, Regional QLD: 12.2% Between 5 and 14 hours, Regional QLD: 26.3% Less than 5 hours, Regional QLD: 20.9% Not stated, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 10.4% Did no unpaid domestic work, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 19.8% 30 hours or more, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 11.2% Between 15 and 29 hours, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 12.7% Between 5 and 14 hours, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 26.1% Less than 5 hours, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 19.8%
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, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +3,843 Did no unpaid domestic work, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +1,908 30 hours or more, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: -1,619 Between 15 and 29 hours, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +562 Between 5 and 14 hours, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +4,597 Less than 5 hours, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +3,192
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 the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region in 2016 compared to Regional QLD shows that there was a higher proportion of persons who performed 15 hours or more of unpaid domestic work per week.

Overall, 23.9% of the population reported performing 15 hours or more of unpaid domestic work, compared with 22.2% for Regional QLD.

The major differences between the share of the population performing unpaid domestic work in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region and Regional QLD were:

  • A larger percentage of persons who did unpaid domestic work (total) (11.2% compared to 10.0%)
  • A larger percentage of persons who did 30 hours or more of domestic work (12.7% compared to 12.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who did between 5 and 14 hours of domestic work (19.8% compared to 20.9%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the number of people performing unpaid domestic work in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region, between 2011 and 2016 were those who:

  • Did unpaid domestic work (+6,732 persons)
  • Did between 5 and 14 hours of domestic work (+4,597 persons)
  • Did less than 5 hours of domestic work (+3,192 persons)
  • Did no unpaid domestic work (+1,908 persons)

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