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Unpaid childcare

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

5,585 people in Rockhampton provided unpaid care for children other than their own in 2016.

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 (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
Rockhampton - Persons aged 15+ (Usual residence)20162011Change
Unpaid child careNumber%Regional QLD %Number%Regional QLD %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idProvided unpaid child care (all)18,38429.127.217,26328.628.1+1,121
Cared for own child/ren
12,79920.319.612,10220.020.2+697
Cared for other child/ren
4,9557.86.84,4497.46.9+506
Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren
6301.00.87121.21.0-82
No unpaid child care provided
38,58361.162.936,82160.963.0+1,762
Not stated
6,1849.89.96,33710.59.0-153

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, Rockhampton: 9.8% No unpaid child care provided, Rockhampton: 61.1% Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, Rockhampton: 1.0% Cared for other child/ren, Rockhampton: 7.8% Cared for own child/ren, Rockhampton: 20.3% Provided unpaid child care (all), Rockhampton: 29.1%
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 childcare, 2011 to 2016
Change in unpaid childcare, 2011 to 2016 Not stated, Rockhampton: -153 No unpaid child care provided, Rockhampton: +1,762 Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, Rockhampton: -82 Cared for other child/ren, Rockhampton: +506 Cared for own child/ren, Rockhampton: +697 Provided unpaid child care (all), Rockhampton: +1,121
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 Rockhampton in 2016 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, 29.1% of the population provided unpaid child care, compared with 27.2% for Regional QLD.

The major differences between the share of the population providing unpaid child care in Rockhampton and Regional QLD were:

  • A larger percentage who provided unpaid childcare for other child/ren (7.8% compared to 6.8%)
  • A smaller percentage who did not provide care for children (61.1% compared to 62.9%)

Emerging groups

The number of people who provided unpaid child care for their own and/or other people's children in Rockhampton increased by 1,121 between 2011 and 2016.

The largest changes in the number of people performing unpaid child care in Rockhampton, between 2011 and 2016 were those who:

  • Provided no unpaid child care (+1,762 persons)
  • Cared for their own child/ren (+697 persons)
  • Cared for other child/ren (+506 persons)
  • Cared for their own child/ren and other child/ren (-82 persons)

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