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The Hills Shire

Unpaid domestic work

In The Hills Shire 24% of the population over 15 did more than 14 hours of housework each week in 2011.

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 The Hills Shire 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
The Hills Shire - Persons aged 15+ (Usual residence)20112006Change
Hours spent on unpaid domestic workNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
Did unpaid domestic work84,70176.367.678,47676.167.0+6,225
Less than 5 hours27,48124.723.425,95325.223.0+1,528
Between 5 and 14 hours30,31027.324.526,79226.023.3+3,519
Between 15 and 29 hours14,94413.510.813,59113.210.8+1,354
30 hours or more11,96410.88.912,13911.89.9-176
Did no unpaid domestic work21,29719.223.818,54918.021.9+2,748
Not stated5,0384.58.66,1566.011.1-1,117

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Unpaid domestic work, 2011
Unpaid domestic work, 2011 Not stated, Greater Sydney: 8.6% Did no unpaid domestic work, Greater Sydney: 23.8% 30 hours or more, Greater Sydney: 8.9% Between 15 and 29 hours, Greater Sydney: 10.8% Between 5 and 14 hours, Greater Sydney: 24.5% Less than 5 hours, Greater Sydney: 23.4% Not stated, The Hills Shire: 4.5% Did no unpaid domestic work, The Hills Shire: 19.2% 30 hours or more, The Hills Shire: 10.8% Between 15 and 29 hours, The Hills Shire: 13.5% Between 5 and 14 hours, The Hills Shire: 27.3% Less than 5 hours, The Hills Shire: 24.7%
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 domestic work, 2006 to 2011
Change in unpaid domestic work, 2006 to 2011 Not stated, The Hills Shire: -1,117 Did no unpaid domestic work, The Hills Shire: +2,748 30 hours or more, The Hills Shire: -176 Between 15 and 29 hours, The Hills Shire: +1,354 Between 5 and 14 hours, The Hills Shire: +3,519 Less than 5 hours, The Hills Shire: +1,528
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 domestic work performed by the population in The Hills Shire in 2011 compared to Greater Sydney shows that there was a higher proportion of persons who performed 15 hours or more of unpaid domestic work per week.

Overall, 24.2% of the population reported performing 15 hours or more of unpaid domestic work, compared with 19.7% for Greater Sydney.

The major differences between the share of the population performing unpaid domestic work in The Hills Shire and Greater Sydney were:

  • A larger percentage of persons who did domestic work (76.3% compared to 67.6%)
  • A larger percentage of persons who did between 15 and 29 hours of domestic work (27.3% compared to 24.5%)
  • A larger percentage of persons who did 30 hours or more of domestic work (13.5% compared to 10.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who did no unpaid domestic work (19.2% compared to 23.8%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the number of people performing unpaid domestic work in The Hills Shire, between 2006 and 2011 were those who:

  • Did unpaid domestic work (+6,225 persons)
  • Did between 5 and 14 hours of domestic work (+3,519 persons)
  • Did no unpaid domestic work (+2,748 persons)
  • Did less than 5 hours of domestic work (+1,528 persons)

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