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Need for assistance - Unpaid childcare

261 people needing assistance in Rockhampton provide unpaid care for children other than their own.

The role of unpaid childcare in Rockhampton 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 (e.g. grandparents caring for grandchildren, family day care).

The level of unpaid child care among those with a disability can provide an insight into the level of demand for in-home assistance services, and school services.

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.

People with a need for assistance aged 15 years and over.

Unpaid childcare
Rockhampton - Need for assistance20112006Change
Unpaid child careNumber%Brisbane SDNumber%Brisbane SD2006 to 2011
Provided unpaid child care (all)46010.110.237910.09.8+81
Cared for own child/ren1994.44.81925.14.7+7
Cared for other child/ren2505.55.21704.54.9+80
Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren110.20.3170.40.3-6
No unpaid child care provided3,63480.282.23,05480.580.8+580
Not stated4409.77.63599.59.4+81

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 No unpaid child care provided, Brisbane SD: 82.2% Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, Brisbane SD: 0.3% Cared for other child/ren, Brisbane SD: 5.2% Cared for own child/ren, Brisbane SD: 4.8% Provided unpaid child care (all), Brisbane SD: 10.2% No unpaid child care provided, Rockhampton: 80.2% Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, Rockhampton: 0.2% Cared for other child/ren, Rockhampton: 5.5% Cared for own child/ren, Rockhampton: 4.4% Provided unpaid child care (all), Rockhampton: 10.1%
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 No unpaid child care provided, Rockhampton: +580 Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, Rockhampton: -6 Cared for other child/ren, Rockhampton: +80 Cared for own child/ren, Rockhampton: +7 Provided unpaid child care (all), Rockhampton: +81
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 people needing assistance in Rockhampton in 2011 compared to Brisbane SD shows that there was a similar proportion of people who provided unpaid child care either to their own or to other children. Overall, 10.1% of the population needing assistance provided unpaid child care, compared with 10.2% for Brisbane SD.

The major difference between the share of the population needing assistance providing unpaid child care in Rockhampton and Brisbane SD was:

  • A smaller percentage who did not provide care for children (80.2% compared to 82.2%)

Emerging groups

The number of people needing assistance who provided unpaid child care for their own and/or other people's children in Rockhampton increased by 81 between 2006 and 2011.

The largest changes in the number of people needing assistance performing unpaid child care in Rockhampton, between 2006 and 2011 were those who:

  • No unpaid child care provided (+580 persons)
  • Provided unpaid child care (all) (+81 persons)
  • Cared for other child/ren (+80 persons)

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