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8129.0 - Business Use of Information Technology, 2009-10 Quality Declaration 
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Contents >> CHARACTERISTICS OF INTERNET ACCESS >> Electronic lodgement with government organisations

ELECTRONIC LODGEMENT WITH GOVERNMENT ORGANISATIONS

Businesses with internet access were asked whether they had made any electronic lodgements with government organisations during 2009-10. Two-thirds of businesses had some form of electronic lodgements with government organisations, with payments being the most common (51%).

Electronic lodgements with government organisations, by employment size(a)(b)(c), 2009-10

0-4 persons
5-19 persons
20-199 persons
200 or more persons
Total
%
%
%
%
%

Taxation forms(d)
31.4
40.6
61.0
82.8
37.7
Claims for grants or benefits
4.1
6.6
11.2
19.9
5.8
Applications for licences or permits
13.9
21.7
26.8
32.1
17.9
Payments
42.9
57.8
71.4
71.0
51.0
Other electronic lodgements
1.0
2.5
4.7
5.5
1.9
Any electronic lodgements with government organisations
57.8
70.9
84.0
94.0
65.1

(a) Proportions are of all businesses with internet access in each employment size category.
(b) Businesses could identify more than one lodgement.
(c) Government organisations include those at Federal, State/territory or Local levels.
(d) Excludes electronic lodgement of taxation forms undertaken on behalf of the business by accountants or tax agents.


For four of the five types of electronic lodgements, the proportion of businesses using electronic lodgements increased through successive employment size ranges. For example, 31% of businesses with 0-4 persons employed lodged taxation forms over the internet, compared with 83% of businesses with 200 or more persons employed.

Across all industries, payments was the most common type of electronic lodgement with government organisations, particularly by businesses in Information media and telecommunications (60%). Businesses in Mining were the most likely to lodge taxation forms via the internet (55%). In contrast, businesses in the Transport, postal and warehousing industry division were least likely to lodge taxation forms electronically (24%). The Accommodation and food services industry had the highest proportion of businesses which lodged applications for licences or permits (24%).


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