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Marital Status

Marriage and de factor relationships

In 2011, the total number of people in registered marriages in the West Belconnen district was 12,952. Of the total number of persons in a registered marriage, 21 per cent resided in Dunlop. 33

In 2011, the total number of people that identified as being in de facto relationships in the West Belconnen area was 2,936. This relationship status is most common amongst younger people, with 36 per cent of those who reported being in this style of relationship were aged between 20 to 29 years.34 De facto relationships also include those living in a same-sex relationship.


Widow


The passing of a significant other can be a difficult time in a person’s life, which can require additional support from family, friends and the community.

In 2011, the total number of people that reported being a widow was 1,004. Of the total number 55.5 per cent were aged 70 and over, with 80 per cent being females aged 70 and over. Holt was also identified as being the home suburb to 27 per cent of the total number of widows.35


Divorce


Divorce can also be a difficult time in a person’s life that may also require addition support from family, friend and the wider community.

In 2011, total number of people in the West Belconnen area that reported being divorced was 2,415. Of this total number 28 per cent were aged between 50 to 59 years, with 64.5 per cent of this age cohort being females.36



Table 6: Relationship status, West Belconnen, males and females, 2011.




Total



Male
(%)

Female
(%)

De facto Relationships

2 936

49

51

Widows

1 004

22

78

Divorced

2 415

39

61


EMPLOYMENT


Accessing paid employment is the foundation to economic and social independence.
Paid employment provides individuals with alternative options regarding their career aspirations and their overall living and family arrangements.

Unpaid work is also important to the local community and economy. This form of work includes activities such as raising children, maintaining a household, caring for elderly and sick people or a person with disability, which are more commonly carried out by women than men.

Exploring and analysing the work force trends and economic situation of the

West Belconnen district may inform future economic opportunities for the area.

Participation in employment affects many aspects of an individual’s life, including health, housing and education. It is also related to an individual’s ability to participate in social activities and enjoy a sense of belonging in their community.

In 2011, 19,076 West Belconnen residents aged 15 years and over identified as being employed either in a full-time or part-time capacity. Of the total number, males comprised 51.5 per cent of the paid work force in the West Belconnen area.37


Full-time employment refers to a person employed in full-time work who usually works 35 hours or more a week (in all jobs) and those who, although usually working fewer than 35 hours a week, worked 35 hours or more during the reference week.

In 2011, 12,905 West Belconnen residents 15 years and over were employed in a


full-time capacity. Of the total number, males made up 59 per cent of the full-time workforce in the West Belconnen district.38 Of the full-time work force in the
West Belconnen district, 19 per cent were couple families with both partners employed full-time.

The highest proportion of West Belconnen residents employed full-time were those aged between 30 to 39 years – 29 per cent. Of the nine West Belconnen suburbs, Dunlop recorded the highest proportion residents over the age of 15 were employed full-time – 69 per cent.39



Part-time employment refers to a person employed in part-time work usually works fewer than 35 hours a week (in all jobs) and either did so during the reference week or were not at work during the reference week.

In 2011, 4,882 West Belconnen residents 15 years and over were employed in a

part-time capacity. Of the total number, females made up 69 per cent of the part-time workforce in the West Belconnen district.40

The highest proportion of West Belconnen residents employed part-time were those aged between 15 to 24 years – 26 per cent. Of the nine West Belconnen suburbs, Fraser recorded the highest proportion residents over the age of 15 were employed part-time – 30 per cent


Unemployment refers to those people who were activley seeking work – either full-time or part-time and are available to start immediately.

In 2011, 702 West Belconnen residents 15 years and over identified as being unemployed and actively seeking employment.

The highest proportion of West Belconnen residents unemployed were those aged between 15 to 24 years – 40 per cent. Of the nine West Belconnen suburbs, Higgins and Charnwood recorded the highest proportion residents over the age of 15 were unemployed and actively seeking employment– 4 per cent.41

Absent from the labour force refers to a person not participating in the labour force during the reference week. This absence may be due to a particular life stage of a person, such as maternity leave or retirement.

In 2011, 6,927 West Belconnen residents 15 years and over were absent from the labour force. Of the total number, females made up 60 per cent of those not in the labour force in the West Belconnen district.42 The highest proportion of West Belconnen residents absent from the labour force are those aged between 60 to 69 years –


28 per cent.43

Figure 5: Employment rates, West Belconnen suburbs, 2011.

Source: ABS, Basic Community Profile, 2011, Australia


Method of travel to work

In 2011, 15,296 West Belconnen residents reported the two main methods of travel to work was by car as either a driver or passenger – 93 per cent, or public transport – 7 per cent.

The highest proportion of West Belconnen employed residents that travel by car to work was

Dunlop – 79 per cent, while 7 per cent of employed Charnwood residents reported using public transport as their main method of travel to work.44

Five most popular occupations


In 2011, 164,761 ACT residents aged 15 years and over identified as being in one of the following top five occupations; professionals, clerical and administrative workers, technicians and trades workers, community and personal service workers, and managers.45 West Belconnen residents formed 8 per cent of this total number.

Table 7: Occupation representation, West Belconnen and ACT, 2011.

Occupation

West Belconnen

ACT

Percentage of West Belconnen residents

Professionals

4 609

58 082

8

Clerical and administrative workers

4 079

37 512

11

Technicians and trades workers


2 575

19 908

13

Community and personal service workers

2 434

18 229

13

Managers

1 950

31 030

6

Total

13 213

164 761

8

Source:
ABS, Basic Community Profile, 2011, Australia.

Median Weekly Income: when calculating median weekly income individuals over the age of 15 are asked to identify their total wages and salaries, and to include government benefits, pensions, allowances and any other income they usually receive, before deductions for tax, superannuation contributions, health insurance, amounts salary sacrificed, or any other automatic deductions.

Personal weekly income

In 2011, the median personal weekly income for West Belconnen residents aged 15 years and over was $856, which was $61 less than the ACT median of $917.46

The personal weekly income in each of the nine West Belconnen suburbs also varied against the ACT median, with suburbs such as Dunlop ($981) and Macgregor ($935) recording personal incomes higher than the ACT median.47

While the other seven suburbs were below the ACT median, suburbs such as Flynn ($901), Fraser ($907) and Latham ($859) were above the West Belconnen median amount.48

Household weekly income

In 2011, the median weekly household income for West Belconnen for all household members aged 15 years and over was $1805, which was $115 less than the ACT median of $1920.49

The household weekly income in each of the nine West Belconnen suburbs also varied against the ACT median, with suburbs such as Flynn ($2163), Fraser ($2179) and Dunlop ($2076) recording household incomes higher than the ACT median.50

While the other six suburbs were below the ACT median, suburbs such as Macgregor ($1901) and Spence ($1844) were above the West Belconnen median amount.


Family weekly income with children for couple families with two incomes and that have children living in the home.

In 2011, the median weekly income for couple families with two incomes, who have children living in the home in West Belconnen was $2676, which was $384 less than the ACT median of $3060.51

All nine suburbs within the West Belconnen district were below the ACT median. While Flynn ($3031), Spence ($3017) and Fraser ($2962) were above the West Belconnen median amount.52

Family weekly income without children for couple families with two incomes and that have no children living in the home.

In 2011, the median family weekly income with children for West Belconnen residents was $2435, which was $227 less than the ACT median of $2662.53

The family weekly income with no children in each of the nine West Belconnen suburbs also varied against the ACT median, with Fraser ($2681) recording a family income with no children higher than the ACT median.54

While the other eight suburbs were below the ACT median, suburbs such as Flynn ($2646), Latham ($2555), Dunlop ($2466) and Spence ($2447) were above the


West Belconnen median amount. 55

Figure 6: Median Weekly Personal, Household and Families with Children Income,
West Belconnen suburbs, 2011.

Source: ABS, Basic Community Profile, 2011, Australia.

Indexes of relative disadvantage


In 2006, six of the nine West Belconnen suburbs received a relative disadvantage ranking higher than the overall Belconnen average of 13.7 per cent in the most disadvantaged group.

It shows that even in suburbs with a SEIFA IRSD decile of 10 (indicating very little disadvantage), such as Macgregor, Flynn and Fraser, there are still significant proportions of disadvantage.56



Table 8: Area and individual disadvantage, West Belconnen, 2006 and 2011.

Suburb

SEIFI 2006 Group 1 (%)

SEIFA 2011 IRSD Decile

Charnwood

25

      1. 4

Dunlop

12

      1. 9

Flynn

10

      1. 10

Fraser

10

      1. 10

Higgins


17

      1. 7

Holt

19

      1. 7

Latham

17

      1. 8

Macgregor

15

      1. 10

Spence

16

      1. 9

Source: ABS, Census of Population and Housing: Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas, 2011, Australia

Note: Table 8 lists the percentage of individuals in each suburb in the most disadvantaged group (Group 1) from Socio-Economic Indexes for Individuals (SEIFI) 2006 and the Index of Relative Socio-Economic Disadvantage (IRSD) Decile rating of each suburb from Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA) 2011. Group 1 refers to anyone in the most disadvantaged 20 per cent of 15-64 year olds in Australia.

SEIFI 2006 shows that 25 per cent of Charnwood’s residents were in Group 1 - most disadvantaged, while the Belconnen district as a whole had a Group 1 result of 13.7 per cent.57

Apart from Dunlop, Flynn and Fraser, all West Belconnen suburbs have a Group 1 result exceeding the Belconnen average.58

Time spent in unpaid domestic labour


Unpaid domestic labour consists of the time people spent in the previous week doing domestic work without pay for themselves and their household, whether in their own home or in other places. Unpaid domestic work can include: meal preparation, service and clean-up; washing, ironing and managing clothes; other housework; gardening, mowing and yard work; home, car and bike maintenance; or household shopping and managing household financial affairs.

In 2011, 21,855 West Belconnen residents aged 15 years and over participated in unpaid domestic labour, of this total number 54 per cent were females.59

Of those females who reported participating in unpaid domestic labour,
the predominate age cohort was 30 to 39 years – 26.5 per cent.60

Figure 7: Weekly participation in unpaid domestic labour, West Belconnen, females and males, 2011.

Source: ABS, Basic Community Profile, 2011, Australia.


Time spent caring for children

Unpaid child care consists of time spent in the previous two weeks caring for a child or children aged less than 15 years without being paid. This includes people caring for their own children, whether they usually live with them or not. It also includes people looking after other children, such as grandchildren, the children of other relatives, or the children of friends or neighbours. Care for a child given through an organisation or club is excluded.

In 2011, 8,967 West Belconnen residents reported caring for their own child(ren) and/or other child(ren), with 56.5 per cent being females.61

In 2011, the predominate age cohort of West Belconnen females that reported caring for their own child(ren) in an unpaid role was 30 to 39 years – 52 per cent. Of the total number in this age cohort, 26.5 per cent resided in Dunlop.62

The predominate age cohort for West Belconnen women that reported caring for other child(ren) in an unpaid role was 60 to 69 years – 39 per cent. Of the total number in this age cohort, 16 per cent resided in Macgregor.63



Figure 8: Unpaid childcare, West Belconnen, females and males, 2011.

Source: ABS, Basic Community Profile, 2011, Australia.





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