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South Gippsland Shire

Unpaid childcare

2,047 people in South Gippsland Shire provided unpaid care for children other than their own in 2011.

The role of unpaid childcare in South Gippsland Shire 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
South Gippsland Shire - Persons aged 15+ (Usual residence)20112006Change
Unpaid child careNumber%Regional VIC %Number%Regional VIC %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idProvided unpaid child care (all)6,17428.028.05,62727.228.0+547
Cared for own child/ren
4,12718.719.23,85418.619.4+273
Cared for other child/ren
1,8258.37.81,5157.37.4+310
Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren
2221.01.12581.21.2-36
No unpaid child care provided
14,39965.364.213,12963.563.3+1,270
Not stated
1,4946.87.71,9309.38.7-436

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 Not stated, Regional VIC: 7.7% No unpaid child care provided, Regional VIC: 64.2% Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, Regional VIC: 1.1% Cared for other child/ren, Regional VIC: 7.8% Cared for own child/ren, Regional VIC: 19.2% Provided unpaid child care (all), Regional VIC: 28.0% Not stated, South Gippsland Shire: 6.8% No unpaid child care provided, South Gippsland Shire: 65.3% Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, South Gippsland Shire: 1.0% Cared for other child/ren, South Gippsland Shire: 8.3% Cared for own child/ren, South Gippsland Shire: 18.7% Provided unpaid child care (all), South Gippsland Shire: 28.0%
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 childcare, 2006 to 2011
Change in unpaid childcare, 2006 to 2011 Not stated, South Gippsland Shire: -436 No unpaid child care provided, South Gippsland Shire: +1,270 Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, South Gippsland Shire: -36 Cared for other child/ren, South Gippsland Shire: +310 Cared for own child/ren, South Gippsland Shire: +273 Provided unpaid child care (all), South Gippsland Shire: +547
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 population in South Gippsland Shire in 2011 compared to Regional VIC shows that there was a similar proportion of people who provided unpaid child care either to their own or to other children. Overall, 28.0% of the population provided unpaid child care, compared with 28.0% for Regional VIC.

The major difference between the share of the population providing unpaid child care in South Gippsland Shire and Regional VIC was:

  • A larger percentage who did not provide care for children (65.3% compared to 64.2%)

Emerging groups

The number of people who provided unpaid child care for their own and/or other people's children in South Gippsland Shire increased by 547 between 2006 and 2011.

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

  • Provided no unpaid child care (+1,270 persons)
  • Cared for other child/ren (+310 persons)
  • Cared for their own child/ren (+273 persons)

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