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Limestone Coast region

Unpaid domestic work

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In the Limestone Coast 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 Limestone Coast 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
Limestone Coast region - Persons aged 15+ (Usual residence)20162011Change
Hours spent on unpaid domestic workNumber%Regional SA %Number%Regional SA %2011 to 2016
Did unpaid domestic work37,09370.769.836,89373.470.8+200
Less than 5 hours10,48620.018.49,98019.918.4+506
Between 5 and 14 hours13,92426.526.013,54426.925.5+380
Between 15 and 29 hours7,04913.413.87,18414.314.1-135
30 hours or more5,63410.711.56,18512.312.9-551
Did no unpaid domestic work10,31619.720.09,79119.520.8+525
Not stated5,0849.710.23,5807.18.3+1,504

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 SA: 10.2% Did no unpaid domestic work, Regional SA: 20.0% 30 hours or more, Regional SA: 11.5% Between 15 and 29 hours, Regional SA: 13.8% Between 5 and 14 hours, Regional SA: 26.0% Less than 5 hours, Regional SA: 18.4% Not stated, Limestone Coast region: 9.7% Did no unpaid domestic work, Limestone Coast region: 19.7% 30 hours or more, Limestone Coast region: 10.7% Between 15 and 29 hours, Limestone Coast region: 13.4% Between 5 and 14 hours, Limestone Coast region: 26.5% Less than 5 hours, Limestone Coast region: 20.0%
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, Limestone Coast region: +1,504 Did no unpaid domestic work, Limestone Coast region: +525 30 hours or more, Limestone Coast region: -551 Between 15 and 29 hours, Limestone Coast region: -135 Between 5 and 14 hours, Limestone Coast region: +380 Less than 5 hours, Limestone Coast region: +506
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 Limestone Coast region in 2016 compared to Regional SA shows that there was a lower proportion of persons who performed 15 hours or more of unpaid domestic work per week.

Overall, 24.2% of the population reported performing 15 hours or more of unpaid domestic work, compared with 25.4% for Regional SA.

The major differences between the share of the population performing unpaid domestic work in the Limestone Coast region and Regional SA were:

  • A larger percentage of persons who did between 5 and 14 hours of domestic work (20.0% compared to 18.4%)
  • A larger percentage of persons who did domestic work (70.7% compared to 69.8%)
  • A larger percentage of persons who did between 15 and 29 hours of domestic work (26.5% compared to 26.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who did unpaid domestic work (total) (10.7% compared to 11.5%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the number of people performing unpaid domestic work in the Limestone Coast region, between 2011 and 2016 were those who:

  • Did 30 hours or more of domestic work (-551 persons)
  • Did no unpaid domestic work (+525 persons)
  • Did less than 5 hours of domestic work (+506 persons)
  • Did between 5 and 14 hours of domestic work (+380 persons)

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