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RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

Unpaid childcare

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16,565 people in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region provided unpaid care for children other than their own in 2016.

The role of unpaid childcare in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region 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
RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Persons aged 15+ (Usual residence)20162011Change
Unpaid child careNumber%Regional QLD %Number%Regional QLD %2011 to 2016
Provided unpaid child care (all)58,02627.627.257,40429.028.1+622
Cared for own child/ren41,46119.719.641,01320.820.2+448
Cared for other child/ren14,7867.06.814,2647.26.9+522
Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren1,7790.80.82,1271.11.0-348
No unpaid child care provided131,66662.762.9124,05862.863.0+7,608
Not stated20,4359.79.916,1668.29.0+4,269

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 QLD: 9.9% No unpaid child care provided, Regional QLD: 62.9% Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, Regional QLD: 0.8% Cared for other child/ren, Regional QLD: 6.8% Cared for own child/ren, Regional QLD: 19.6% Provided unpaid child care (all), Regional QLD: 27.2% Not stated, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 9.7% No unpaid child care provided, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 62.7% Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 0.8% Cared for other child/ren, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 7.0% Cared for own child/ren, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 19.7% Provided unpaid child care (all), RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 27.6%
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, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +4,269 No unpaid child care provided, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +7,608 Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: -348 Cared for other child/ren, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +522 Cared for own child/ren, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +448 Provided unpaid child care (all), RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +622
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 RDA Darling Downs and South West Region in 2016 compared to Regional QLD shows that there was a similar proportion of people who provided unpaid child care either to their own or to other children. Overall, 27.6% of the population provided unpaid child care, compared with 27.2% for Regional QLD.

There were no major differences between RDA Darling Downs and South West Region and Regional QLD in 2016.

Emerging groups

The number of people who provided unpaid child care for their own and/or other people's children in RDA Darling Downs and South West Region increased by 622 between 2011 and 2016.

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

  • Provided no unpaid child care (+7,608 persons)
  • Cared for other child/ren (+522 persons)
  • Cared for their own child/ren (+448 persons)
  • Cared for their own child/ren and other child/ren (-348 persons)

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