4125.0 - Gender Indicators, Australia, August 2014  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 26/08/2014   
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The Work and Family Balance section contains the following sub-topics:
  • Time use
  • Providing care
  • Time Stress and Work & Family Balance
  • Volunteering


Women continue to be main carer for people with a disability

In 2012, most primary carers of people with a disability were female (536,700 females compared to 233,100 males). There has been no significant change since 2009 in the number of male or female primary carers of people with disabilities.


Provision of primary care by males and females (15 years and over) to a person with a disability, 2009 and 2012

In 2012, male primary carers were predominantly caring for partners (65%), followed by a parent (22%). Similar proportions of female carers were caring for partners (34%) and a parent (32%), followed by a child (25%).

Relationship of male and female primary carers (aged 15 years and over) to main care recipient, 2009 and 2012

The majority of males and females providing primary care to people with a disability are not in the labour force (57% and 59% respectively). Of those employed, male carers are more likely to work full time (27%) than part time (11%), and females more likely to work part time (24%) than full time (15%).


A visual representation of Volunteering rate data, from the Work and Family Balance domain is shown below. Simply go to the graph and click on the 'Play' button to see changes in the data over time.

Details of the data used to create the graphs, and the original data sources, can be found in the relevant Data Cubes on the Downloads tab.

Graph Image for Volunteering rate, by sex and by age