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HOUSEHOLDS WITH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ACCESS, Tasmania 2008-09
Type of internet access
Although Tasmania still has the lowest proportion of households with a broadband internet connection, it has increased markedly from 35,000 (17%) in 2005-06 to 98,000 (49%) in 2008-09. Previously, most of Tasmania's internet access has been via dial-up, but this trend has reversed over time. In 2008-09, 78% of households in Tasmania with internet access had broadband compared to 21% with dial-up.
HOUSEHOLDS WITH BROADBAND, 2008-09
Households are less likely to be connected to a computer, the internet and/or broadband if they have no children under 15 years; are located in ex-metropolitan areas of Australia; or have lower household incomes.
Children and the internet
The 2009 Children's Participation in Cultural and Leisure Activities survey reported that of the 64,000 children in Tasmania aged 5-14 years, an estimated 49,000 (76%) used the internet during the 12 months prior to April 2009. Of these, 64% accessed the internet at home, and 65% at school. The main types of internet activity usually conducted at home were educational activities (81%), on-line games (75%), general internet surfing or browsing (56%), listening to or downloading music (48%) and emailing (39%).
TYPE OF INTERNET ACTIVITY USUALLY DONE AT HOME, April 2009
Children with mobile phones
In April 2009, an estimated 26,000 children aged 5-14 years in Tasmania had access to their own mobile phone. This was the highest proportion (41%) of all states and territories, followed by Western Australia (33%), Queensland and South Australia (31%), New South Wales and Victoria (30%), Australian Capital Territory (29%) and Northern Territory (27%).
More children in Tasmania used their mobile phone for contacting friends (57%) than for contacting family (37%). Most (94%) did not use a mobile phone to access the internet.
Children's Participation in Cultural and Leisure Activities, Australia, 2009 (ABS cat. no. 4901.0)
Household Use of Information Technology, Australia, 2008-09 (ABS cat. no. 8146.0)
21/10/09 David Bartlett MP Address to the National Press Club: http://www.auroraenergy.com.au/pdf/nbn/David_Bartlett_address_to_national_press_club.pdf
07/04/09 Prime Minister/treasurer/Minister for Finance/Minister for Broadband:New National Broadband Network Media Release: http://www.minister.dbcde.gov.au/media/media_releases/2009/022/
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