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Aussie men do more housework than most of the world’s men, according to a new report.

According to the study conducted by The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Aussie men typically spend two hours and 52 minutes each day doing housework — 18 minutes more than the Swedes, half an hour more than British or New Zealand men, and 40 minutes more than the Italians or French.

The study, published just in time for International Women’s Day, suggests that Danish men are the only others in the world to beat Aussie men when it comes to cleaning. The Danes spend roughly three hours a day cleaning the house, while Australian men spend an average of two hours and 52 minutes doing chores.

This means Aussie men beat countries including the United Kingdom, France, New Zealand, Greece and Sweden when it comes to domestic duties. Men from Finland, Germany and the United States spend up to an hour less than Aussies.

The results have naturally been a hot topic of conversation, prompting discussion on Wednesday, March 7’s episode of Today, with host Karl Stefanovic joking that most Aussie men do even more than the reported two hours and 52 minutes of housework a day.

What housework are Aussie men doing?

The three hours of housework Australian men are doing is broken down in this manner:

  • An hour and a half of routine housework;
  • Half an hour caring for family; and
  • 22 minutes shopping

How do women compare in Australia?

According to statistics released for International Women’s Day, Australian women still spend two hours and 19 minutes a day more than men in unpaid work, including housework, childcare and ‘routine shopping.’

The 2016 Australian census figures showed the typical Australian woman spends up to 14 hours a week cooking, cleaning and organising her family while the average man will do less than five hours.

Will things change for Australia?

This discrepancy in the division of unpaid work is something the Labor government has hopes to address.

In a doorstop interview on March 6, the shadow minister for women Tanya Plibersek announced that if elected, Labor would restore the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ time use survey to measure unpaid and domestic work.

The time use survey hasn’t been conducted since 2006 and the ABS canned it in 2013.

The survey aims to highlight the gender inequity in domestic work (such as caring for children and the elderly) and inform policy in areas including parental leave, family payments, health, disability and ageing.

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