Australian Bureau of Statistics
8146.0 - Household Use of Information Technology, Australia, 2002 and 2003
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 22/09/2004
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Household use of Information Technology
The number of Australian households with access to the Internet continues to increase, with over half (53%) of households having access in 2003, according to figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
This has increased from 46% of households in the previous year, and 16% of households five years earlier.
Household access to a computer has also risen, with close to two-thirds (66%) of households having access in 2003. This is up from 61% of households in the previous year and 44% of households five years earlier.
Household access to the Internet varied across states and territories, from 66% of households in the Australian Capital Territory to 41% of households in Tasmania. For both New South Wales and Victoria the proportion of households with access to the Internet was 54%, followed by Western Australia (53%), Queensland (52%) and South Australia (48%). Northern Territory information is not available separately.
The publication also draws from a range of previous surveys to provide a snapshot of different community group's Internet and computer usage (media please note statistics on the following community groups are not directly comparable).
More detail on where these groups of people are likely to use computers and the Internet and the purposes for using computers or the Internet at home is available in Household Use of Information Technology, Australia, 2002 and 2003 (cat. no. 8146.0).
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This page last updated 15 December 2006