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Eastern Region Alliance area

Unpaid childcare

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22,051 people in Eastern Region Alliance area provided unpaid care for children other than their own in 2016.

The role of unpaid childcare in Eastern Region Alliance area 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
Eastern Region Alliance area - Persons aged 15+ (Usual residence)20162011Change
Unpaid child careNumber%City of Tea Tree Gully %Number%City of Tea Tree Gully %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idProvided unpaid child care (all)68,95928.230.465,60427.630.4+3,355
Cared for own child/ren
46,90819.219.943,80018.519.8+3,108
Cared for other child/ren
20,2568.39.619,6778.39.5+579
Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren
1,7950.70.92,1270.91.1-332
No unpaid child care provided
162,72466.664.8158,84166.964.9+3,883
Not stated
12,7515.24.812,9315.44.7-180

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

Unpaid childcare, 2016
Unpaid childcare, 2016 Not stated, City of Tea Tree Gully: 4.8% No unpaid child care provided, City of Tea Tree Gully: 64.8% Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, City of Tea Tree Gully: 0.9% Cared for other child/ren, City of Tea Tree Gully: 9.6% Cared for own child/ren, City of Tea Tree Gully: 19.9% Provided unpaid child care (all), City of Tea Tree Gully: 30.4% Not stated, Eastern Region Alliance area: 5.2% No unpaid child care provided, Eastern Region Alliance area: 66.6% Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, Eastern Region Alliance area: 0.7% Cared for other child/ren, Eastern Region Alliance area: 8.3% Cared for own child/ren, Eastern Region Alliance area: 19.2% Provided unpaid child care (all), Eastern Region Alliance area: 28.2%
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 childcare, 2011 to 2016
Change in unpaid childcare, 2011 to 2016 Not stated, Eastern Region Alliance area: -180 No unpaid child care provided, Eastern Region Alliance area: +3,883 Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, Eastern Region Alliance area: -332 Cared for other child/ren, Eastern Region Alliance area: +579 Cared for own child/ren, Eastern Region Alliance area: +3,108 Provided unpaid child care (all), Eastern Region Alliance area: +3,355
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 child care provided 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 people who provided unpaid child care either to their own or to other children. Overall, 28.2% of the population provided unpaid child care, compared with 30.4% for the City of Tea Tree Gully.

The major differences between the share of the population providing unpaid child care in Eastern Region Alliance area and the City of Tea Tree Gully were:

  • A larger percentage who did not provide care for children (66.6% compared to 64.8%)
  • A smaller percentage who provided unpaid childcare for other child/ren (8.3% compared to 9.6%)

Emerging groups

The number of people who provided unpaid child care for their own and/or other people's children in Eastern Region Alliance area increased by 3,355 between 2011 and 2016.

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

  • Provided no unpaid child care (+3,883 persons)
  • Cared for their own child/ren (+3,108 persons)
  • Cared for other child/ren (+579 persons)
  • Cared for their own child/ren and other child/ren (-332 persons)

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