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Wollondilly Shire

Unpaid domestic work

In Wollondilly Shire 27% 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 Wollondilly 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
Wollondilly Shire - Persons aged 15+ (Usual residence)20112006Change
Hours spent on unpaid domestic workNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
Did unpaid domestic work24,74174.467.622,74174.467.0+2,000
Less than 5 hours6,93220.823.46,22820.423.0+704
Between 5 and 14 hours8,85926.624.57,66125.123.3+1,198
Between 15 and 29 hours4,66714.010.84,26514.010.8+402
30 hours or more4,28312.98.94,58715.09.9-304
Did no unpaid domestic work6,19618.623.85,40917.721.9+787
Not stated2,3377.08.62,4047.911.1-67

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, Wollondilly Shire: 7.0% Did no unpaid domestic work, Wollondilly Shire: 18.6% 30 hours or more, Wollondilly Shire: 12.9% Between 15 and 29 hours, Wollondilly Shire: 14.0% Between 5 and 14 hours, Wollondilly Shire: 26.6% Less than 5 hours, Wollondilly Shire: 20.8%
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, Wollondilly Shire: -67 Did no unpaid domestic work, Wollondilly Shire: +787 30 hours or more, Wollondilly Shire: -304 Between 15 and 29 hours, Wollondilly Shire: +402 Between 5 and 14 hours, Wollondilly Shire: +1,198 Less than 5 hours, Wollondilly Shire: +704
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 Wollondilly 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, 26.9% 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 Wollondilly Shire and Greater Sydney were:

  • A larger percentage of persons who did domestic work (74.4% compared to 67.6%)
  • A larger percentage of persons who did unpaid domestic work (total) (12.9% compared to 8.9%)
  • A larger percentage of persons who did 30 hours or more of domestic work (14.0% compared to 10.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who did no unpaid domestic work (18.6% compared to 23.8%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Did unpaid domestic work (+2,000 persons)
  • Did between 5 and 14 hours of domestic work (+1,198 persons)
  • Did no unpaid domestic work (+787 persons)
  • Did less than 5 hours of domestic work (+704 persons)

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