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RDA Northern Territory

Unpaid domestic work

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

In the RDA Northern Territory 16% 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 Northern Territory 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 Northern Territory - Persons aged 15+ (Usual residence)20162011Change
Hours spent on unpaid domestic workNumber%Greater Darwin %Number%Greater Darwin %2011 to 2016
Did unpaid domestic work115,47764.465.4108,51066.766.8+6,967
Less than 5 hours40,92422.822.637,78923.222.2+3,135
Between 5 and 14 hours46,08025.726.642,80526.326.9+3,275
Between 15 and 29 hours17,0849.59.516,61710.210.4+467
30 hours or more11,3896.36.811,2996.97.2+90
Did no unpaid domestic work35,71219.920.431,91819.618.7+3,794
Not stated28,17215.714.322,36413.714.6+5,808

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, Greater Darwin: 14.3% Did no unpaid domestic work, Greater Darwin: 20.4% 30 hours or more, Greater Darwin: 6.8% Between 15 and 29 hours, Greater Darwin: 9.5% Between 5 and 14 hours, Greater Darwin: 26.6% Less than 5 hours, Greater Darwin: 22.6% Not stated, RDA Northern Territory: 15.7% Did no unpaid domestic work, RDA Northern Territory: 19.9% 30 hours or more, RDA Northern Territory: 6.3% Between 15 and 29 hours, RDA Northern Territory: 9.5% Between 5 and 14 hours, RDA Northern Territory: 25.7% Less than 5 hours, RDA Northern Territory: 22.8%
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 Northern Territory: +5,808 Did no unpaid domestic work, RDA Northern Territory: +3,794 30 hours or more, RDA Northern Territory: +90 Between 15 and 29 hours, RDA Northern Territory: +467 Between 5 and 14 hours, RDA Northern Territory: +3,275 Less than 5 hours, RDA Northern Territory: +3,135
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 Northern Territory in 2016 compared to Greater Darwin shows that there was a similar proportion of persons who performed 15 hours or more of unpaid domestic work per week.

Overall, 15.9% of the population reported performing 15 hours or more of unpaid domestic work, compared with 16.2% for Greater Darwin.

The major differences between the share of the population performing unpaid domestic work in the RDA Northern Territory and Greater Darwin were:

  • A smaller percentage of persons who did domestic work (64.4% compared to 65.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who did between 15 and 29 hours of domestic work (25.7% compared to 26.6%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the number of people performing unpaid domestic work in the RDA Northern Territory, between 2011 and 2016 were those who:

  • Did unpaid domestic work (+6,967 persons)
  • Did no unpaid domestic work (+3,794 persons)
  • Did between 5 and 14 hours of domestic work (+3,275 persons)
  • Did less than 5 hours of domestic work (+3,135 persons)

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