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Unpaid domestic work

In the City of Whittlesea 19% 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 City of Whittlesea 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
City of Whittlesea - Persons aged 15+ (Usual residence)20112006Change
Hours spent on unpaid domestic workNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2006 to 2011
Did unpaid domestic work77,64563.368.861,75163.268.6+15,894
Less than 5 hours26,88721.924.220,45320.923.1+6,434
Between 5 and 14 hours27,04522.024.920,69521.224.0+6,350
Between 15 and 29 hours12,37510.110.910,07510.311.2+2,300
30 hours or more11,3389.28.910,52810.810.3+810
Did no unpaid domestic work35,17028.723.227,28627.921.3+7,884
Not stated9,8508.08.08,6448.810.1+1,206

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 Melbourne: 8.0% Did no unpaid domestic work, Greater Melbourne: 23.2% 30 hours or more, Greater Melbourne: 8.9% Between 15 and 29 hours, Greater Melbourne: 10.9% Between 5 and 14 hours, Greater Melbourne: 24.9% Less than 5 hours, Greater Melbourne: 24.2% Not stated, City of Whittlesea: 8.0% Did no unpaid domestic work, City of Whittlesea: 28.7% 30 hours or more, City of Whittlesea: 9.2% Between 15 and 29 hours, City of Whittlesea: 10.1% Between 5 and 14 hours, City of Whittlesea: 22.0% Less than 5 hours, City of Whittlesea: 21.9%
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, City of Whittlesea: +1,206 Did no unpaid domestic work, City of Whittlesea: +7,884 30 hours or more, City of Whittlesea: +810 Between 15 and 29 hours, City of Whittlesea: +2,300 Between 5 and 14 hours, City of Whittlesea: +6,350 Less than 5 hours, City of Whittlesea: +6,434
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 City of Whittlesea in 2011 compared to Greater Melbourne shows that there was a similar proportion of persons who performed 15 hours or more of unpaid domestic work per week.

Overall, 19.3% of the population reported performing 15 hours or more of unpaid domestic work, compared with 19.8% for Greater Melbourne.

The major differences between the share of the population performing unpaid domestic work in the City of Whittlesea and Greater Melbourne were:

  • A larger percentage of persons who did no unpaid domestic work (28.7% compared to 23.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who did domestic work (63.3% compared to 68.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who did between 15 and 29 hours of domestic work (22.0% compared to 24.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who did between 5 and 14 hours of domestic work (21.9% compared to 24.2%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Did unpaid domestic work (+15,894 persons)
  • Did no unpaid domestic work (+7,884 persons)
  • Did less than 5 hours of domestic work (+6,434 persons)
  • Did between 5 and 14 hours of domestic work (+6,350 persons)

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