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2 INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY (ICT) STATISTICS
The first meeting was held in February 2004. Some of the key issues discussed, included:
The next meeting for the ICT reference group is expected to take place in mid September 2004.2.2 Household use of IT
The ABS publication Household Use of Information Technology, Australia (cat. no. 8146.0) was released on Wednesday 10 September 2003, in respect of 2001 and 2002. This data was obtained from the ABS Survey of Education, Training and Information Technology (SETIT) and the ABS General Social Survey (GSS). Key results were shown in our December 2003 Update.
The next publication (for the period 2003) is expected to be released in late September 2004. Data for this publication will be obtained from the following ABS surveys:
The publication will also feature information on the use of information technology by these specific populations.
Future publications will use data from the new ABS Multi-Purpose Household Survey (MPHS) which covers a proportion of the households used in the ABS Monthly Population Survey. The MPHS has a sample size of approximately 13,500 households. Results for 2004-05 are expected in early 2006.2.3 Business use of IT
The Business Use of Information Technology survey (BUIT) has been conducted annually since 1999-2000. It collects data on the use of computers and the Internet by Australian businesses, including web sites and home pages. In addition, it explores the use and functionality of Internet and Web technologies by these businesses.
Results for the period 2002-03 were shown in the ABS publication Business Use of Information Technology, Australia (cat. no. 8129.0), which was released on Wednesday 17 March 2004. The estimates in this publication are based on a new statistical infrastructure arising from the new tax system (TNTS). One of the infrastructure changes was the introduction of a new ABS business register and the main effect of this for the BUIT survey was a changed population from which the survey frame was drawn. Changes resulting from TNTS are evident in the estimates of business counts published in this issue when compared to those published in 2001-02. Comparisons between these estimates and previously published data should be made with caution. For more information about changes, please refer to the explanatory notes in the latest publication.
Some extracts from the publication's Main Findings include:
More details (for the 2002/03 release) are shown in the Main Features (cat. no. 8129.0).
Planning for the 2003-04 survey continues. This planning is considering issues such as data quality, processing capacity, user requirements and emerging issues. Outcomes from the ICT reference group will play an important part in determining the content. The survey will continue to collect employment and gross income to use for output classifications. Results from the 2003-04 survey are expected to be released in early 2005.2.4 Government use of IT
The Government Technology Survey (GTS) provides key measures on employment and ICT expenditures by government organisations in Australia. The scope for the 2002-03 survey is federal, state/territory and local government (including indigenous councils) organisations whose predominant activity falls within the institutional sector of general government. Public financial and non-financial corporations are out of scope for the survey. A sample of public sector education organisations has also been included for ICT Satellite Account purposes. This includes a sample of schools and universities, and a census of vocational education institutions.
The 2002-03 survey has been remodelled since the 1999-2000 survey to have a greater focus on financial data. This data will be used to populate the 2002-03 ICT Satellite Account, which is due to be released in early 2005.
Results from the 2002-03 survey were published on 2 July 2004.
2.5 Farm use of IT
The ABS publication Use of Information Technology on Farms, Australia (cat. no. 8150.0) was released on 11 March 2004. The data was obtained from questions included in the 2001-02 Agricultural Survey, with a reference date of 30 June 2002. Farms with an estimated value of agricultural operations (EVAO) of $5,000 or more, were in scope.
The publication includes information relating to the use of computers and the Internet by farms, and features industry and regional breakdowns.
Some of the Main Findings from the latest publication are:
- Queensland (51% and 41%);
- South Australia (60% and 51%);
- Tasmania (50% and 40%);
- Northern Territory (53% and 45%); and
- Australian Capital Territory (53% and 48%).
More details (for the June 2002 data) are shown in the Main Features (cat. no. 8150.0).
The 2002-03 publication is expected to be released in early September 2004.2.6 Internet activity
The ABS publication Internet Activity, Australia (cat. no. 8153.0) was released on 20 February 2004 for the period September 2003. Data in this publication are sourced from the Internet Activity Survey, which is a Census of all Internet Service Providers (ISPs) operating in Australia, and the Internet access services they provide.
For the first time, data regarding download speed of access connection have been collected which will enable users to measure broadband uptake. In addition, new questions on SPAM filtering products and their provision by ISPs were introduced.
Findings from the latest publication include:
More details are shown in the Main Features (cat. no. 8153.0)2.7 Information technology and telecommunications industries
The Information and Communications Technology Industry Survey (ICTIS) is a biennial survey that collects data on the production and distribution of information technology and telecommunication (IT&T) goods and services by businesses in Australia. The main data requirements of the ICTIS are to provide measures of:
The survey scope includes all employing businesses across industry classes where ICT activity is likely. Non-employing businesses are excluded.
The 2002-03 survey will incorporate tax reform changes that were recently introduced into ABS business surveys. These changes include the new units model, employment benchmarks and the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Code (ANZSIC). Results are expected to be released in August 2004.
2.8 ICT regional information
Regional information relating to ICT issues is available through the following collections:
2.9 ICT Satellite Account
The National Accounts Research Section of the ABS is compiling an ICT Satellite Account in respect of 2002-03. An ICT Satellite Account enables data on all of the ICT goods and services produced and consumed by all sectors/industries to be brought together. It will provide a more detailed understanding of the sources of supply of ICT products and their use. This compilation will be within the context of the balanced supply and use framework of the national accounts, and will allow for a more defined measurement and analysis of the impacts of these activities on the economy.
Data will be collected from the following vehicles:
(a) Business Sector - data will be sourced from the ABS Economy Wide Survey collections which include the Economic Activity Survey (EAS) and its related surveys including Manufacturing, Mining and Utilities Industries Surveys, Service Industries Surveys and the ICT Industry Survey; the Australian Prudential Regulatory Authority collections for the bank and insurance industries; and the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics collections for broad acre and dairy agriculture industries.
(b) Government Sector - data will be sourced from the Government Technology Survey (GTS) which collects a similar range of ICT employment and ICT expenditure data as the EAS collections.
(c) Household Sector - data will be sourced from the ABS 1998-99 Retail Industry Survey in conjunction with activity data from the annual ICT use modules included in household surveys. Information from the ABS 2003-04 Household Expenditure Survey will also be used for verification purposes, subject to timeliness of early estimates of expenditure on ICT commodities.
Results from the 2002-03 ICT Satellite Account are expected to be published in March 2005. In the near future, the ABS will be sending a set of draft tables for comment to key users which will provide input to the publication's structure.
An exploratory study for an ICT Satellite Account was conducted for the period 1998-99. A summary of findings was included in our June 2003 Update.
For more information, please contact Tim Power at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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