Women still do most of the housework in Australia, OECD says

NEAT FREAKS: Australia is ranked one of the highest in the world for the amount of time its women spend on routine housework, shopping and caring for household members.
NEAT FREAKS: Australia is ranked one of the highest in the world for the amount of time its women spend on routine housework, shopping and caring for household members.

FOR most women, it comes as no surprise to learn that we do more housework than men.

What may come as a surprise is the amount of housework we do compared to other countries.

Australia is ranked one of the highest in the world for the amount of time its women spend on unpaid work including routine housework, shopping and looking after the kids.

New figures from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) show our women spend an average of 311 minutes per day on unpaid work including cooking, cleaning and caring.

Aussie men could do better, with only 172 minutes per day spent on unpaid work.

The statistics also show men spend on average 304 minutes a day on paid work, while women only spent 172 minutes in paid work.

We Asked...


Lennox Head gender equality specialist, Kiri Dicker, said while the statistics didn't come as a surprise, they were alarming in terms of Australian women's superannuation.

A lot of women's work was unpaid care work, or relatively low paid "nurturing roles" like child care, nursing and teaching.

"It does worry me because superannuation is the money we retire on," Ms Dicker said.

"We'll continue to find a lot of older women living in poverty."

The Australian Human Rights Commission said the current superannuation links to paid work overwhelmingly disadvantaged women who were more likely to move in and out of paid work to care for family members.

It shows the average superannuation payout for women is a third of the payout for men, with women working fulltime also earning 16 percent less than men.

Ms Dicker said underlying these issues were cultural ideas about gender equality.

Do Australian men shoulder their fair share of the housework?

This poll ended on 14 March 2014.

Yes - 54%

No - 45%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.



Do you think women do more housework than men?

"God yes" - Susan Stanton

"One-hundred percent yes" - Cheryl Murray

"In most cases, yes" - Judy Fredericks

"Definitely, just because they don't care about it

as much as we do" - Angella McPherson

Topics:  editors picks gender equality housework oecd

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