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01 July 2019

Work and family

This article from AIFS presented data on parents and employment, the division of work, parental leave, and the work arrangements used to care for children. The data shows that while there were increased numbers of mothers in paid employment between 1991 and 2016, fathers were far more likely to be in full-time employment. The percentage of stay-at-home dads is low (3–4%), and has barely changed since 1991. Work–family arrangements in Australia remain very gendered. Between 2002-15 on average, fathers reported spending 46 hours  on paid work, 16 hours on housework and 13 hours on child care. In contrast mothers reported working an 77 hours a week; comprising 20 hours in paid work, 30 hours doing household work and 27 hours providing child care.