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Eastern Region Alliance area

Unpaid domestic work

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

In Eastern Region Alliance area 21% 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 Eastern Region Alliance area 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
Eastern Region Alliance area - Persons aged 15+ (Usual residence)20162011Change
Hours spent on unpaid domestic workNumber%City of Tea Tree Gully %Number%City of Tea Tree Gully %2011 to 2016
Did unpaid domestic work181,35274.274.4175,71174.074.9+5,641
Less than 5 hours58,35123.922.756,55023.822.6+1,801
Between 5 and 14 hours70,85229.029.066,86028.228.5+3,992
Between 15 and 29 hours31,80113.013.530,76713.013.8+1,034
30 hours or more20,3488.39.221,5349.110.0-1,186
Did no unpaid domestic work49,75520.420.547,40620.019.8+2,349
Not stated13,3425.55.114,2616.05.3-919

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, City of Tea Tree Gully: 5.1% Did no unpaid domestic work, City of Tea Tree Gully: 20.5% 30 hours or more, City of Tea Tree Gully: 9.2% Between 15 and 29 hours, City of Tea Tree Gully: 13.5% Between 5 and 14 hours, City of Tea Tree Gully: 29.0% Less than 5 hours, City of Tea Tree Gully: 22.7% Not stated, Eastern Region Alliance area: 5.5% Did no unpaid domestic work, Eastern Region Alliance area: 20.4% 30 hours or more, Eastern Region Alliance area: 8.3% Between 15 and 29 hours, Eastern Region Alliance area: 13.0% Between 5 and 14 hours, Eastern Region Alliance area: 29.0% Less than 5 hours, Eastern Region Alliance area: 23.9%
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, Eastern Region Alliance area: -919 Did no unpaid domestic work, Eastern Region Alliance area: +2,349 30 hours or more, Eastern Region Alliance area: -1,186 Between 15 and 29 hours, Eastern Region Alliance area: +1,034 Between 5 and 14 hours, Eastern Region Alliance area: +3,992 Less than 5 hours, Eastern Region Alliance area: +1,801
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 Eastern Region Alliance area in 2016 compared to the City of Tea Tree Gully shows that there was a lower proportion of persons who performed 15 hours or more of unpaid domestic work per week.

Overall, 21.3% of the population reported performing 15 hours or more of unpaid domestic work, compared with 22.7% for the City of Tea Tree Gully.

The major differences between the share of the population performing unpaid domestic work in Eastern Region Alliance area and the City of Tea Tree Gully were:

  • A larger percentage of persons who did between 5 and 14 hours of domestic work (23.9% compared to 22.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who did unpaid domestic work (total) (8.3% compared to 9.2%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the number of people performing unpaid domestic work in Eastern Region Alliance area, between 2011 and 2016 were those who:

  • Did unpaid domestic work (+5,641 persons)
  • Did between 5 and 14 hours of domestic work (+3,992 persons)
  • Did no unpaid domestic work (+2,349 persons)
  • Did less than 5 hours of domestic work (+1,801 persons)

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