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Eastern Region Alliance area

Unpaid childcare

21,804 people in Eastern Region Alliance area provided unpaid care for children other than their own in 2011.

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 - (Usual residence)20112006Change
Unpaid child careNumber%City of Tea Tree Gully %Number%City of Tea Tree Gully %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idProvided unpaid child care (all)65,60427.630.462,78827.030.2+2,816
Cared for own child/ren
43,80018.519.841,79618.020.3+2,004
Cared for other child/ren
19,6778.39.518,6838.08.8+994
Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren
2,1270.91.12,3091.01.2-182
No unpaid child care provided
158,84166.964.9154,06166.364.4+4,780
Not stated
12,9315.44.715,6526.75.4-2,721

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, City of Tea Tree Gully: 4.7% No unpaid child care provided, City of Tea Tree Gully: 64.9% Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, City of Tea Tree Gully: 1.1% Cared for other child/ren, City of Tea Tree Gully: 9.5% Cared for own child/ren, City of Tea Tree Gully: 19.8% Provided unpaid child care (all), City of Tea Tree Gully: 30.4% Not stated, Eastern Region Alliance area: 5.4% No unpaid child care provided, Eastern Region Alliance area: 66.9% Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, Eastern Region Alliance area: 0.9% Cared for other child/ren, Eastern Region Alliance area: 8.3% Cared for own child/ren, Eastern Region Alliance area: 18.5% Provided unpaid child care (all), Eastern Region Alliance area: 27.6%
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, Eastern Region Alliance area: -2,721 No unpaid child care provided, Eastern Region Alliance area: +4,780 Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, Eastern Region Alliance area: -182 Cared for other child/ren, Eastern Region Alliance area: +994 Cared for own child/ren, Eastern Region Alliance area: +2,004 Provided unpaid child care (all), Eastern Region Alliance area: +2,816
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 Eastern Region Alliance area in 2011 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, 27.6% 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 (66.9% compared to 64.9%)
  • A smaller percentage who provided unpaid childcare for own child/ren (18.5% compared to 19.8%)
  • A smaller percentage who provided unpaid childcare for other child/ren (8.3% compared to 9.5%)

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 2,816 between 2006 and 2011.

The largest changes in the number of people performing unpaid child care in Eastern Region Alliance area, between 2006 and 2011 were those who:

  • Provided no unpaid child care (+4,780 persons)
  • Cared for their own child/ren (+2,004 persons)
  • Cared for other child/ren (+994 persons)
  • Cared for their own child/ren and other child/ren (-182 persons)