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2,620 people in the City of Unley provided unpaid care for children other than their own in 2011.

The role of unpaid childcare in the City of Unley 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
City of Unley - (Usual residence)20112006Change
Unpaid child careNumber%Greater Adelaide %Number%Greater Adelaide %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idProvided unpaid child care (all)8,26926.827.97,79425.727.4+475
Cared for own child/ren
5,64918.318.95,33317.618.4+316
Cared for other child/ren
2,3347.68.12,1357.08.0+199
Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren
2860.91.03261.11.1-40
No unpaid child care provided
20,77667.265.820,35467.165.1+422
Not stated
1,8606.06.32,1667.17.5-306

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, Greater Adelaide: 6.3% No unpaid child care provided, Greater Adelaide: 65.8% Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, Greater Adelaide: 1.0% Cared for other child/ren, Greater Adelaide: 8.1% Cared for own child/ren, Greater Adelaide: 18.9% Provided unpaid child care (all), Greater Adelaide: 27.9% Not stated, City of Unley: 6.0% No unpaid child care provided, City of Unley: 67.2% Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, City of Unley: 0.9% Cared for other child/ren, City of Unley: 7.6% Cared for own child/ren, City of Unley: 18.3% Provided unpaid child care (all), City of Unley: 26.8%
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 childcare, 2006 to 2011
Change in unpaid childcare, 2006 to 2011 Not stated, City of Unley: -306 No unpaid child care provided, City of Unley: +422 Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, City of Unley: -40 Cared for other child/ren, City of Unley: +199 Cared for own child/ren, City of Unley: +316 Provided unpaid child care (all), City of Unley: +475
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 the City of Unley in 2011 compared to Greater Adelaide shows that there was a lower proportion of people who provided unpaid child care either to their own or to other children. Overall, 26.8% of the population provided unpaid child care, compared with 27.9% for Greater Adelaide.

The major difference between the share of the population providing unpaid child care in the City of Unley and Greater Adelaide was:

  • A larger percentage who did not provide care for children (67.2% compared to 65.8%)

Emerging groups

The number of people who provided unpaid child care for their own and/or other people's children in City of Unley increased by 475 between 2006 and 2011.

The largest changes in the number of people performing unpaid child care in the City of Unley, between 2006 and 2011 were those who:

  • Provided no unpaid child care (+422 persons)
  • Cared for their own child/ren (+316 persons)
  • Cared for other child/ren (+199 persons)