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Eastern Region Alliance area

Unpaid domestic work

In Eastern Region Alliance area 22% 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 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 - (Usual residence) 20112006Change
Hours spent on unpaid domestic workNumber%City of Unley %Number%City of Unley %2006 to 2011
Did unpaid domestic work175,71174.075.4172,90474.475.0+2,807
Less than 5 hours56,55023.825.953,44923.024.7+3,101
Between 5 and 14 hours66,86028.229.663,22827.228.6+3,632
Between 15 and 29 hours30,76713.012.231,29613.513.1-529
30 hours or more21,5349.17.724,93110.78.7-3,397
Did no unpaid domestic work47,40620.018.342,45718.317.4+4,949
Not stated14,2616.06.317,1417.47.6-2,880

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, City of Unley: 6.3% Did no unpaid domestic work, City of Unley: 18.3% 30 hours or more, City of Unley: 7.7% Between 15 and 29 hours, City of Unley: 12.2% Between 5 and 14 hours, City of Unley: 29.6% Less than 5 hours, City of Unley: 25.9% Not stated, Eastern Region Alliance area: 6.0% Did no unpaid domestic work, Eastern Region Alliance area: 20.0% 30 hours or more, Eastern Region Alliance area: 9.1% Between 15 and 29 hours, Eastern Region Alliance area: 13.0% Between 5 and 14 hours, Eastern Region Alliance area: 28.2% Less than 5 hours, Eastern Region Alliance area: 23.8%
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, Eastern Region Alliance area: -2,880 Did no unpaid domestic work, Eastern Region Alliance area: +4,949 30 hours or more, Eastern Region Alliance area: -3,397 Between 15 and 29 hours, Eastern Region Alliance area: -529 Between 5 and 14 hours, Eastern Region Alliance area: +3,632 Less than 5 hours, Eastern Region Alliance area: +3,101
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 Eastern Region Alliance area in 2011 compared to the City of Unley shows that there was a higher proportion of persons who performed 15 hours or more of unpaid domestic work per week.

Overall, 22.0% of the population reported performing 15 hours or more of unpaid domestic work, compared with 19.8% for the City of Unley.

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

  • A larger percentage of persons who did no unpaid domestic work (20.0% compared to 18.3%)
  • A larger percentage of persons who did unpaid domestic work (total) (9.1% compared to 7.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who did between 5 and 14 hours of domestic work (23.8% compared to 25.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who did between 15 and 29 hours of domestic work (28.2% compared to 29.6%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Did no unpaid domestic work (+4,949 persons)
  • Did between 5 and 14 hours of domestic work (+3,632 persons)
  • Did 30 hours or more of domestic work (-3,397 persons)
  • Did less than 5 hours of domestic work (+3,101 persons)

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