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South Gippsland Shire

Unpaid domestic work

In South Gippsland Shire 30% 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 South Gippsland Shire 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
South Gippsland Shire - Persons aged 15+ (Usual residence)20112006Change
Hours spent on unpaid domestic workNumber%Regional VIC %Number%Regional VIC %2006 to 2011
Did unpaid domestic work16,44574.570.915,00872.570.6+1,437
Less than 5 hours4,23119.220.03,61017.518.8+621
Between 5 and 14 hours5,59125.325.14,79923.223.6+792
Between 15 and 29 hours3,43215.613.43,09815.013.5+334
30 hours or more3,19114.512.33,50116.914.6-310
Did no unpaid domestic work4,00318.120.63,56417.219.7+439
Not stated1,6207.38.62,11510.29.7-495

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, Regional VIC: 8.6% Did no unpaid domestic work, Regional VIC: 20.6% 30 hours or more, Regional VIC: 12.3% Between 15 and 29 hours, Regional VIC: 13.4% Between 5 and 14 hours, Regional VIC: 25.1% Less than 5 hours, Regional VIC: 20.0% Not stated, South Gippsland Shire: 7.3% Did no unpaid domestic work, South Gippsland Shire: 18.1% 30 hours or more, South Gippsland Shire: 14.5% Between 15 and 29 hours, South Gippsland Shire: 15.6% Between 5 and 14 hours, South Gippsland Shire: 25.3% Less than 5 hours, South Gippsland Shire: 19.2%
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, South Gippsland Shire: -495 Did no unpaid domestic work, South Gippsland Shire: +439 30 hours or more, South Gippsland Shire: -310 Between 15 and 29 hours, South Gippsland Shire: +334 Between 5 and 14 hours, South Gippsland Shire: +792 Less than 5 hours, South Gippsland Shire: +621
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 South Gippsland Shire in 2011 compared to Regional VIC shows that there was a higher proportion of persons who performed 15 hours or more of unpaid domestic work per week.

Overall, 30.0% of the population reported performing 15 hours or more of unpaid domestic work, compared with 25.7% for Regional VIC.

The major differences between the share of the population performing unpaid domestic work in South Gippsland Shire and Regional VIC were:

  • A larger percentage of persons who did domestic work (74.5% compared to 70.9%)
  • A larger percentage of persons who did 30 hours or more of domestic work (15.6% compared to 13.4%)
  • A larger percentage of persons who did unpaid domestic work (total) (14.5% compared to 12.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who did no unpaid domestic work (18.1% compared to 20.6%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Did unpaid domestic work (+1,437 persons)
  • Did between 5 and 14 hours of domestic work (+792 persons)
  • Did less than 5 hours of domestic work (+621 persons)
  • Did no unpaid domestic work (+439 persons)

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