Families Week Facts And Figures From The Abs

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Families Week facts and figures from the ABS

'Work and Family - getting the balance right' is the theme of National Families

Week 2008 (11 May - 17 May), and the ABS has prepared the following

snapshot of work and the Australian family.

More mothers with children under 15 were employed in March 2008

than at any time in the last decade; 63% were employed in March

2008, compared with 54% ten years earlier; 60% of these mothers

worked part time.

92% of fathers with children under 15 were employed in March 2008;

93% of these worked full time.

In 2006, mothers (with children under 15) in full-time employment spent

on average 18 hours per week on domestic activities - twice as much

as fathers employed full time.

Fathers employed full time spent on average 52 hours per week in

employment-related activities compared to 34 hours per week for

mothers employed full time.

Mothers in part-time employment spent on average 19 hours per week

in employment-related activities, 19 hours caring for children, and 23

hours on domestic activities.

As employment among mothers has increased, so has formal child

care use. In June 2005, 23% of children under 12 attended formal care,

compared with 14% nearly a decade earlier (March 1996).

The proportion of children under 12 being cared for informally

(including by relatives or friends), has remained fairly constant over the

last decade at around 33-37%. Grandparents provided care for nearly

60% of these children in June 2005.

In 2006 there were 2.2 million grandparents who had grandchildren

under 15. In a 12 month period, 83% of these grandparents had been

babysitters for their grandchildren; 39% provided school holiday care;

and 28% regularly looked after their grandchildren while the children's

parents were at work.

FURTHER INFORMATION: Media requests and interviews

                                                    Ilona Fraser  (02) 6252 7480; 0418 202 580

                                                    Statistical clarification

                                                    Heather Crawford  (02) 6252 5742; 0429 994 490

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