NAME OF ORGANISATION
Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)
The Household Use of Information Technology (HUIT) topic presents details about household access to and persons use of the internet. Prior to 2012-13 the data was compiled from HUIT question modules collected via multiple sources including the Multi-Purpose Household Survey (MPHS). From 2012-13 onwards the data was only compiled from the HUIT topic in the MPHS. The MPHS is designed to provide statistics for a number of small self-contained topics and is conducted each financial year throughout Australia from July to June as a supplement to the monthly Labour Force Survey (LFS). The HUIT topic is included in the MPHS every two years. The 2016-17 release is the final iteration of the survey.
The ABS has recognised that there is a user need for a range of statistics on household use of information technology. While the HUIT topic seeks to maximise consistency and comparability over time by minimising changes to the survey, ongoing survey review has adjusted to the changing needs of users of information and communication technology statistics.
The scope of the LFS is restricted to people aged 15 years and over and excludes the following:
members of the permanent defence forces
certain diplomatic personnel of overseas governments usually excluded from Census and estimated resident populations
overseas residents in Australia
members of non-Australian defence forces (and their dependants)
In addition the MPHS excludes the following from its scope:
people living in Indigenous Communities in very remote parts of Australia
people living in non-private dwellings such as hotels, university residences, students at boarding schools, patients in hospitals, inmates of prisons and residents of other institutions (e.g. retirement homes, homes for persons with disabilities), and
visitors to private dwellings.
The LFS applies coverage rules that aim to ensure each person is associated with only one dwelling and hence has only one chance of selection in the survey.
HUIT data is available at the household and person level (for persons aged 15 years and over). Timeseries data is available for household access to the internet. Data available from the survey includes:
Internet access at home
Personal internet use
Reasons for accessing the internet
Types of goods or services purchased
HUIT uses standard ABS data items and classifications where appropriate. Major classifications included are:
Australian Standard Classification of Education (ASCED)
Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS)
Standard Australian Classification of Countries (SACC)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Industries (ANZSIC)
Other concepts (summary)
New South Wales
Other (specify below)
Comments and/or Other Regions
Greater Capital City Statistical Areas - Greater Capital City
Greater Capital City Statistical Areas - Rest of State
Remoteness area - Major Cities
Remoteness area - Inner Regional
Remoteness area - Outer Regional
Remoteness area - Remote or Very Remote
Section of state - Urban
Section of state - Rural
The 2016-17 HUIT release is the final iteration of the survey.
Data on household use of information technology has been previously collected by the ABS in the Population Survey Monitor (1996, 1998, 1999 and 2000), the Survey of Education, Training and Information Technology (2001), the General Social Survey (2002), the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Survey (2002), the Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers (SDAC - 2003), the Children's Participation in Cultural and Leisure Activities Survey (2003 and 2006), the Time Use Survey (2006). The MPHS has been the vehicle for the collection of core HUIT data.
Data availability comments
Data is available in ABS cat. no. 8146.0. Related information is also available in National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey cat. no. 4714.0, General Social Survey cat. no. 4159.0, Children's Participation in Cultural and Leisure Activities cat. no. 4901.0, Internet Activity Survey cat. no. 8153.0, Business Characteristics Survey cat. no. 8167.0, Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers cat. no. 4430.0, and ICT Industries Survey cat. no. 8126.0.
DATE OF LAST UPDATE FOR THIS DOCUMENT
23/03/2018 05:13 PM
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