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RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

Unpaid childcare

16,391 people in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region provided unpaid care for children other than their own in 2011.

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)20112006Change
Unpaid child careNumber%Regional QLD %Number%Regional QLD %2006 to 2011
Provided unpaid child care (all)57,40429.028.154,10029.427.6+3,303
Cared for own child/ren41,01320.820.238,75421.119.9+2,259
Cared for other child/ren14,2647.26.913,3317.26.6+933
Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren2,1271.11.02,0151.11.1+112
No unpaid child care provided124,05862.863.0115,09262.562.3+8,966
Not stated16,1668.29.014,8388.110.1+1,327

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Unpaid childcare, 2011
Unpaid childcare, 2011 Not stated, Regional QLD: 9.0% No unpaid child care provided, Regional QLD: 63.0% Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, Regional QLD: 1.0% Cared for other child/ren, Regional QLD: 6.9% Cared for own child/ren, Regional QLD: 20.2% Provided unpaid child care (all), Regional QLD: 28.1% Not stated, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 8.2% No unpaid child care provided, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 62.8% Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 1.1% Cared for other child/ren, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 7.2% Cared for own child/ren, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 20.8% Provided unpaid child care (all), RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 29.0%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in unpaid childcare, 2006 to 2011
Change in unpaid childcare, 2006 to 2011 Not stated, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +1,327 No unpaid child care provided, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +8,966 Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +112 Cared for other child/ren, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +933 Cared for own child/ren, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +2,259 Provided unpaid child care (all), RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +3,303
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (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 2011 compared to Regional QLD shows that there was a higher proportion of people who provided unpaid child care either to their own or to other children. Overall, 29.0% of the population provided unpaid child care, compared with 28.1% for Regional QLD.

There were no major differences between RDA Darling Downs and South West Region and Regional QLD in 2011.

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 3,304 between 2006 and 2011.

The largest changes in the number of people performing unpaid child care in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region, between 2006 and 2011 were those who:

  • Provided no unpaid child care (+8,966 persons)
  • Cared for their own child/ren (+2,259 persons)
  • Cared for other child/ren (+933 persons)
  • Cared for their own child/ren and other child/ren (+112 persons)

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