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    NAME OF ORGANISATION
    Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)

    OVERVIEW
    The Household Use of Information Technology (HUIT) survey was designed to provide a profile of the uptake and use of information technology in Australian households. The survey was conducted as part of the Population Survey Monitor (PSM). The PSM was conducted quarterly, collecting data on a number of topics from households throughout Australia.

    PURPOSE
    To provide statistics about the extent of computer and Internet access in Australian households. In addition a profile of adult users of information technology (IT) at home, work and other sites was also presented.

    SCOPE
    The scope of the LFS is restricted to people aged 15 years and over and excludes the following persons:

    • members of the permanent defence forces
    • certain diplomatic personnel of overseas governments, customarily excluded from census and estimated populations
    • overseas residents in Australia
    • members of non-Australian defence forces (and their dependants).

    For the MPHS the following people are also excluded:
    • people living in special dwellings such as hotels, university residences etc
    • students at boarding schools, patients in hospitals, residents of homes (e.g. retirement homes, homes for persons with disabilities), and inmates of prisons
    • visitors to private dwellings
    • people living in very remote indigenous communities.


    DATA DETAIL

    Conceptual framework
    ABS population/household survey framework

    Main outputs
    Proportion of households with access to computers or the Internet
    Household computer accessories and peripherals
    Numbers of computers in the household
    Reason for households being without a computer or the Internet
    Proportions of households with mobile phones
    Proportion of households with other tecnologies such as games machines or pay TV
    Use of computers and the Internet by adults
    Sites of computer use and Internet access by adults
    Home computer and Internet activities of adults
    Proportion of adults undertaking selected Internet and other electronic financial transactions
    Proportion of adults accessing government services via the Internet
    Proportion of adults puchasing or ordering goods or services via the Internet, for private purposes
    Characteristics of and expenditure on Internet purchases/orders
    The types of technologies that allow adults to work from home

    Classifications

    Household
    Family Type
    Income
    State, metropolitan/ex-metropolitan split

    Adult
    Age
    Sex
    Income
    Employment status
    State, metropolitan/ex-metropolitan split
    Occupation
    Highest educational qualification completed

    Other concepts (summary)
    Nil

    GEOGRAPHIC DETAIL
    Australia
    New South Wales
    Victoria
    Queensland
    South Australia
    Western Australia
    Tasmania
    Northern Territory
    ACT
    Part of State Metropolitan
    Part of State Extra-Metropolitan

    Comments and/or Other Regions
    This supplementary survey was conducted in both urban and rural areas in all states and territories, but excluded persons living in very remote parts of Australia.

    COLLECTION FREQUENCY
    Annually

    Frequency comments
    Annual

    COLLECTION HISTORY
    Quarterly HUIT surveys were conducted in February 1994 and all quarters (February, May, August and November) of 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2000. The PSM was conducted for the last time for the November quarter 2000. From 2001, data will only be collected annually using one of a number of ABS surveys e.g. Survey of Education , Training and Information Technology (SETIT), General Social Survey (GSS) and/or Multi Purpose Household Survey (MPHS).

    DATA AVAILABILITY
    Yes

    Data availability comments

    Data were published for each quarterly survey in ABS Cat. No 8147.0 and then on an annual basis in ABS Cat. No 8146.0.


    DATE OF LAST UPDATE FOR THIS DOCUMENT
    09/02/2007 03:10 PM



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