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This is how much unpaid work Aussies are doing

Australian workers in the city and laptop
Aussies spend three and a half hours a day doing unpaid work, with females taking on more work than males.(Source: Getty)

How much time do you spend doing the dishes, making dinner or grocery shopping? Well according to new data, the average Aussie spends three and a half hours a day doing this unpaid work.

Research released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today found that women spend an extra hour and 15 minutes each day doing unpaid work more than men, which includes domestic work, child care, adult care and voluntary work activities.

“On average, females spent 4 hours and 31 minutes a day doing unpaid work activities,” Lisa Scanlon, Director of Social Surveys and Statistics said.

“Males spent over an hour less on these activities, averaging 3 hours and 12 minutes a day.”


Mothers also spend more time doing unpaid child care, on average.

“Mothers spent an average of 3 hours and 34 minutes participating in child care activities a day, while fathers spent 2 hours and 19 minutes,” Scanlon said.

On average, that means Aussies are spending over a day a week doing unpaid work, or 53 days a year.

The value of unpaid work is estimated to be around $650 billion, according to the Workplace Gender Equality Agency.

When it came to paid work, the ABS found men spent 8 hours and 13 minutes a day doing employment-related activities, while women spent 7 hours and 12 minutes on average.

The research considered time working, as well as time job searching and travelling to and from work as part of this figure.

More Aussies experiencing burnout

Aussies also said they felt stressed for time with 38 per cent of females reporting feeling rushed or pressured for time, compared to 32 per cent of males.

It comes amid reports that Aussie workers are the most burnt out in the world.

According to findings from the Microsoft Work Trends Index, 62 per cent of Aussie employees are experiencing burnout, compared to a global average of 48 per cent.

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