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Tamworth Regional Council

Unpaid domestic work

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

In Tamworth Regional Council 24% of the population over 15 did more than 14 hours of housework each week in 2016.

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 Tamworth Regional Council 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
Tamworth Regional Council - Persons aged 15+ (Usual residence)20162011Change
Hours spent on unpaid domestic workNumber%Regional NSW %Number%Regional NSW %2011 to 2016
Did unpaid domestic work32,64468.769.231,36470.570.8+1,280
Less than 5 hours9,14619.219.68,61519.419.5+531
Between 5 and 14 hours12,32125.926.111,30525.425.7+1,016
Between 15 and 29 hours6,21413.113.05,95013.413.6+264
30 hours or more4,96310.410.55,49412.312.0-531
Did no unpaid domestic work9,67120.320.59,11120.520.5+560
Not stated5,23411.010.24,0259.08.6+1,209

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Unpaid domestic work, 2016
Unpaid domestic work, 2016 Not stated, Regional NSW: 10.2% Did no unpaid domestic work, Regional NSW: 20.5% 30 hours or more, Regional NSW: 10.5% Between 15 and 29 hours, Regional NSW: 13.0% Between 5 and 14 hours, Regional NSW: 26.1% Less than 5 hours, Regional NSW: 19.6% Not stated, Tamworth Regional Council: 11.0% Did no unpaid domestic work, Tamworth Regional Council: 20.3% 30 hours or more, Tamworth Regional Council: 10.4% Between 15 and 29 hours, Tamworth Regional Council: 13.1% Between 5 and 14 hours, Tamworth Regional Council: 25.9% Less than 5 hours, Tamworth Regional Council: 19.2%
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 domestic work, 2011 to 2016
Change in unpaid domestic work, 2011 to 2016 Not stated, Tamworth Regional Council: +1,209 Did no unpaid domestic work, Tamworth Regional Council: +560 30 hours or more, Tamworth Regional Council: -531 Between 15 and 29 hours, Tamworth Regional Council: +264 Between 5 and 14 hours, Tamworth Regional Council: +1,016 Less than 5 hours, Tamworth Regional Council: +531
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 domestic work performed by the population in Tamworth Regional Council in 2016 compared to Regional NSW shows that there was a similar proportion of persons who performed 15 hours or more of unpaid domestic work per week.

Overall, 23.5% of the population reported performing 15 hours or more of unpaid domestic work, compared with 23.6% for Regional NSW.

The major difference between the share of the population performing unpaid domestic work in Tamworth Regional Council and Regional NSW was:

  • A smaller percentage of persons who did domestic work (68.7% compared to 69.2%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the number of people performing unpaid domestic work in Tamworth Regional Council, between 2011 and 2016 were those who:

  • Did unpaid domestic work (+1,280 persons)
  • Did between 5 and 14 hours of domestic work (+1,016 persons)
  • Did no unpaid domestic work (+560 persons)
  • Did less than 5 hours of domestic work (+531 persons)

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