2914.0.55.002 - 2006 Census of Population and Housing: Media Releases and Fact Sheets, 2006  
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MEDIA FACT SHEET
June 27, 2007
Embargoed 9.30 am (AEST)
70/2007
More than a quarter of Australians provide child care: Census
  • A new question on child care in the 2006 Census has resulted in figures showing that 27% of people aged 15+ provided some kind of child care in the two weeks before the Census.
  • Twenty-one percent of women and 18% of men provided cared for their own children only, while 9% of women and 5% of men cared only for other people's children.
  • Four-fifths (80%) of child care provided by parents for their own children was provided by people aged 30–49 years. Half (50%) of child care provided to other people's children was by people aged 50-69 years. Many of these were likely to be the children's grandparents.
  • This is the first time ABS has included a question on unpaid child care in the Census. The results will assist in understanding the contribution of unpaid work to Australian society.
  • Comprehensive information about child care and other aspects of unpaid work will be available from the ABS Time Use Survey. These results will be released in late 2007.

NB: The figures in this fact sheet exclude overseas visitors. Where an answer to a question has not been provided (i.e. not stated) these occurrences form a separate category in the data and therefore some percentages do not total to 100%.

Source: ABS 2006 Census.


Table 1. 2006 Census: Unpaid child care, states and territories

NSW
VIC
Qld
SA
WA
TAS
NT
ACT
Aust.
%
%
%
%
%
%
%
%
%

Did not provide child care
63.5
64.1
62.5
64.7
62.4
63.8
56.6
65.4
63.4
Cared for own child/children
19.2
19.1
20.1
18.6
19.8
19.2
19.4
19.5
19.4
Cared for other child/children
6.9
6.8
6.9
8.0
7.0
7.6
8.2
7.3
7.0
Cared for own child/children and other child/children
0.9
1.0
1.1
1.1
1.2
1.2
2.3
1.2
1.0

Table 2. 2006 Census: Unpaid child care, capital cities(a)

Sydney
Melbourne
Brisbane
Adelaide
Perth
Hobart
Darwin
Canberra
%
%
%
%
%
%
%
%

Did not provide child care
63.6
64.5
62.7
65.3
63.1
63.8
59.1
65.4
Cared for own child/children
19.0
18.9
20.3
18.1
19.5
18.7
19.7
19.5
Cared for other child/children
6.5
6.6
7.3
8.0
7.1
7.9
6.6
7.3
Cared for own child/children and other child/children
0.8
0.9
1.2
1.1
1.1
1.2
1.4
1.2

(a) Capital City Statistical Division.


Figure 1.
Graph: People Providing Unpaid Child Care, Proportion of Age Group: Census-2006