Notes on the data: Families
Children aged less than 15 years in jobless families, 2016
Policy context: Families with no employed parent ('jobless families') not only experience substantial economic disadvantage but may also have reduced social opportunities that affect their wellbeing and health.
Children who live without an employed parent may be at higher risk of experiencing financial hardship and other disadvantage in the short to medium term. They may not have a role model of employment to follow, and so the joblessness of the parent(s) may mean that such children are more likely to have outcomes such as welfare dependency in the long-term . In some families, the reason the parent is without a job may be to care for children or to undertake study to try to improve the future economic prospects of the household. However, most of the children living without an employed parent live in lone-parent households with limited resources .
In June 2017 there were 219,100 children aged 0–14 years in jobless couple families and a further 357,800 children at these ages in jobless one parent families .
- Hancock K, Edwards B, Zubrick S. Echoes of disadvantage across the generations? The influence of long-term joblessness and separation of grandparents on grandchildren. Melbourne, Victoria: Australian Institute of Family Studies, 2013.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). Labour Force, Australia: labour force status and other characteristics of families, June 2011. (ABS Cat. no. 6224.0.55.001). Canberra: ABS, 2011.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). Labour Force, Australia: labour force status and other characteristics of families, June 2017. (ABS Cat. no. 6224.0.55.001). Canberra: ABS, 2017
Geography: Data available by Population Health Area, Local Government Area, Primary Health Network, Quintile of socioeconomic disadvantage of area and Remoteness Area
Numerator: Children under 15 years in families in which no parent is employed
Denominator: Total children under 15 years
Detail of analysis: Percent
Source: Compiled by PHIDU based on the ABS Census of Population and Housing, August 2016 (unpublished data).