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Western Rural

Unpaid domestic work

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In Western Rural 25% 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 Western Rural 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
Western Rural - Persons aged 15+ (Usual residence)20162011Change
Hours spent on unpaid domestic workNumber%Tamworth Regional Council %Number%Tamworth Regional Council %2011 to 2016
Did unpaid domestic work1,71371.968.71,94375.570.5-230
Less than 5 hours49320.719.254521.219.4-51
Between 5 and 14 hours61926.025.966525.925.4-47
Between 15 and 29 hours33314.013.136714.313.4-34
30 hours or more26711.210.436514.212.3-98
Did no unpaid domestic work39316.520.345117.520.5-58
Not stated27711.611.01786.99.0+100

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, 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% Not stated, Western Rural: 11.6% Did no unpaid domestic work, Western Rural: 16.5% 30 hours or more, Western Rural: 11.2% Between 15 and 29 hours, Western Rural: 14.0% Between 5 and 14 hours, Western Rural: 26.0% Less than 5 hours, Western Rural: 20.7%
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, Western Rural: +100 Did no unpaid domestic work, Western Rural: -58 30 hours or more, Western Rural: -98 Between 15 and 29 hours, Western Rural: -34 Between 5 and 14 hours, Western Rural: -47 Less than 5 hours, Western Rural: -51
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 Western Rural in 2016 compared to Tamworth Regional Council shows that there was a higher proportion of persons who performed 15 hours or more of unpaid domestic work per week.

Overall, 25.2% of the population reported performing 15 hours or more of unpaid domestic work, compared with 23.5% for Tamworth Regional Council.

The major differences between the share of the population performing unpaid domestic work in Western Rural and Tamworth Regional Council were:

  • A larger percentage of persons who did domestic work (71.9% compared to 68.7%)
  • A larger percentage of persons who did between 5 and 14 hours of domestic work (20.7% compared to 19.2%)
  • A larger percentage of persons who did 30 hours or more of domestic work (14.0% compared to 13.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who did no unpaid domestic work (16.5% compared to 20.3%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Did unpaid domestic work (-230 persons)
  • Did 30 hours or more of domestic work (-98 persons)
  • Did no unpaid domestic work (-58 persons)
  • Did less than 5 hours of domestic work (-51 persons)

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