Shire of Serpentine JarrahdaleCommunity profile
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Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale

Unpaid domestic work

In the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale 27% of the population over 15 did more than 14 hours of housework each week in 2011.

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 Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale 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
Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale - Persons aged 15+ (Usual residence)20112006Change
Hours spent on unpaid domestic workNumber%Greater Perth %Number%Greater Perth %2006 to 2011
Did unpaid domestic work10,02373.970.67,16272.570.2+2,861
Less than 5 hours2,84721.023.11,91719.422.3+930
Between 5 and 14 hours3,55426.226.02,32223.524.7+1,232
Between 15 and 29 hours1,77813.111.61,38514.011.9+393
30 hours or more1,84413.610.01,53815.611.3+306
Did no unpaid domestic work2,44018.021.01,87018.919.7+570
Not stated1,1088.28.58498.610.1+259

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

Unpaid domestic work, 2011
Unpaid domestic work, 2011 Not stated, Greater Perth: 8.5% Did no unpaid domestic work, Greater Perth: 21.0% 30 hours or more, Greater Perth: 10.0% Between 15 and 29 hours, Greater Perth: 11.6% Between 5 and 14 hours, Greater Perth: 26.0% Less than 5 hours, Greater Perth: 23.1% Not stated, Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale: 8.2% Did no unpaid domestic work, Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale: 18.0% 30 hours or more, Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale: 13.6% Between 15 and 29 hours, Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale: 13.1% Between 5 and 14 hours, Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale: 26.2% Less than 5 hours, Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale: 21.0%
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 domestic work, 2006 to 2011
Change in unpaid domestic work, 2006 to 2011 Not stated, Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale: +259 Did no unpaid domestic work, Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale: +570 30 hours or more, Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale: +306 Between 15 and 29 hours, Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale: +393 Between 5 and 14 hours, Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale: +1,232 Less than 5 hours, Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale: +930
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 domestic work performed by the population in the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale in 2011 compared to Greater Perth shows that there was a higher proportion of persons who performed 15 hours or more of unpaid domestic work per week.

Overall, 26.7% of the population reported performing 15 hours or more of unpaid domestic work, compared with 21.6% for Greater Perth.

The major differences between the share of the population performing unpaid domestic work in the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale and Greater Perth were:

  • A larger percentage of persons who did unpaid domestic work (total) (13.6% compared to 10.0%)
  • A larger percentage of persons who did domestic work (73.9% compared to 70.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who did no unpaid domestic work (18.0% compared to 21.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who did between 5 and 14 hours of domestic work (21.0% compared to 23.1%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the number of people performing unpaid domestic work in the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale, between 2006 and 2011 were those who:

  • Did unpaid domestic work (+2,861 persons)
  • Did between 5 and 14 hours of domestic work (+1,232 persons)
  • Did less than 5 hours of domestic work (+930 persons)
  • Did no unpaid domestic work (+570 persons)

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