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Wollondilly Shire

Unpaid childcare

3,100 people in Wollondilly Shire provided unpaid care for children other than their own in 2011.

The role of unpaid childcare in Wollondilly Shire 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
Wollondilly Shire - Persons aged 15+ (Usual residence)20112006Change
Unpaid child careNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idProvided unpaid child care (all)10,99933.127.310,23233.526.3+767
Cared for own child/ren
7,89923.720.07,56324.819.1+336
Cared for other child/ren
2,7238.26.62,2927.56.5+431
Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren
3771.10.73771.20.80
No unpaid child care provided
20,18360.764.818,13459.463.6+2,049
Not stated
2,0926.37.92,1887.210.1-96

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 Sydney: 7.9% No unpaid child care provided, Greater Sydney: 64.8% Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, Greater Sydney: 0.7% Cared for other child/ren, Greater Sydney: 6.6% Cared for own child/ren, Greater Sydney: 20.0% Provided unpaid child care (all), Greater Sydney: 27.3% Not stated, Wollondilly Shire: 6.3% No unpaid child care provided, Wollondilly Shire: 60.7% Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, Wollondilly Shire: 1.1% Cared for other child/ren, Wollondilly Shire: 8.2% Cared for own child/ren, Wollondilly Shire: 23.7% Provided unpaid child care (all), Wollondilly Shire: 33.1%
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, Wollondilly Shire: -96 No unpaid child care provided, Wollondilly Shire: +2,049 Cared for own child/ren and other child/ren, Wollondilly Shire: 0 Cared for other child/ren, Wollondilly Shire: +431 Cared for own child/ren, Wollondilly Shire: +336 Provided unpaid child care (all), Wollondilly Shire: +767
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 Wollondilly Shire in 2011 compared to Greater Sydney shows that there was a higher proportion of people who provided unpaid child care either to their own or to other children. Overall, 33.1% of the population provided unpaid child care, compared with 27.3% for Greater Sydney.

The major differences between the share of the population providing unpaid child care in Wollondilly Shire and Greater Sydney were:

  • A larger percentage who provided unpaid childcare for own child/ren (23.7% compared to 20.0%)
  • A larger percentage who provided unpaid childcare for other child/ren (8.2% compared to 6.6%)
  • A smaller percentage who did not provide care for children (60.7% compared to 64.8%)

Emerging groups

The number of people who provided unpaid child care for their own and/or other people's children in Wollondilly Shire increased by 767 between 2006 and 2011.

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

  • Provided no unpaid child care (+2,049 persons)
  • Cared for other child/ren (+431 persons)
  • Cared for their own child/ren (+336 persons)

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