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1375.0 - Discussion Paper: Measuring a Knowledge-based Economy and Society - An Australian Framework, 2002  
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Contents >> Chapter 5: Possible Indicators >> Information and communications technology dimension

Possible indicators for this dimension are:

CHARACTERISTIC: ICT Infrastructure and Access

INDICATORS:

  • Internet services: number of ISPs, POPs and access lines by broad region
    Source:
    ABS Internet Activity Survey
  • Number of Internet hosts (computers connected to the Internet ) per capita
  • The price of Internet access and use compared to other countries
  • Number of telecommunication access paths (total fixed access lines and mobile subscribers) per capita
    Source:
    OECD Communications Outlook
  • Broadband penetration rates, (number of DSL and cable modem lines) per capita
  • Proportion of subscribers with broadband access (DSL and cable modems)
    Source:
    OECD Science, Technology and Industry Scoreboard
  • Proportion of households reporting particular barriers to access to computers and the Internet
  • Access to the Internet via public libraries, proportion of individuals accessing the Internet
    Source:
    ABS Household Use of Information Technology
  • Public Libraries offering technology facilities
    Source:
    ABS Libraries, Museums and the Arts
  • Household expenditure on ICT goods and services
    Source:
    ABS Household Expenditure Survey

CHARACTERISTIC: Household and Individual use of ICT

INDICATORS:
  • Proportion of households with access to a computer by type of household, income, broad region (metropolitan/non-metropolitan)
  • Proportion of households with access to a mobile phone by type of household, income, broad region (metropolitan/non-metropolitan)
  • Proportion of households with access to the Internet by type of household, income, broad region (metropolitan/non-metropolitan)
  • Proportion of individuals accessing the Internet by age, sex, occupation, level of education, and broad region
  • Proportion of individuals using the Internet for particular activities and purposes, including accessing government services
    Source:
    ABS Household Use of Information Technology
  • Number of household ISP subscribers by broad region
  • Volume of data downloaded by household ISP subscribers
    Source:
    ABS Internet Activity Survey
  • Proportion of individuals accessing a computer by age, sex, occupation, level of education and broad region
  • Proportion of children using a computer or the Internet at school, by age, sex and broad region
  • Proportion of teachers using a computer or the Internet, by age, sex and broad region
    Source:
    ABS Children's Participation in Culture and Leisure Activities
    ABS Population and Housing (Census of)

CHARACTERISTIC: Business and Government use of ICT

INDICATORS:
CHARACTERISTIC: Prevalence of Electronic Commerce

INDICATORS:
  • Proportion of businesses purchasing or selling via the Internet, by broad industry group
  • Proportion of business income attributable to selling goods or services over the Internet, by business size
  • Business perceptions of the impact of Internet selling on the business
  • Business perceptions of the benefits of Internet purchasing to the business
    Source:
    ABS Information Technology Survey - Business Enterprises
  • Proportion of individuals using the Internet to purchase goods and services, by value of purchases
  • Barriers to Internet purchasing by individuals
    Source:
    ABS Household Use of Information Technology
  • Number of secure web servers (those encrypted for the security of on-line transactions) per capita
    Source:
    OECD Communications Outlook


CHARACTERISTIC: ICT Skill Base

INDICATORS:

CHARACTERISTIC: Strength of the ICT Industry

INDICATORS:
  • ICT sector revenue by broad industry group
  • ICT sector proportion of total business employment
  • Production of ICT goods and services by broad commodity group
  • Trade in ICT goods and services by broad commodity group
    Source:
    ABS Information Technology and Telecommunications Survey - Producers
  • ICT sector proportion of total business value added
    Source:
    ABS Australian National Accounts:
  • R&D performed by the ICT sector as a share of total business R&D
  • R&D expenditure on ICT, by sector.
    Source:
    ABS Research and Experimental Development - Businesses (Survey of)
  • ICT patents, proportion of total resident patent applications
    Source:
    IPAustralia
  • Capital expenditure by the ICT sector as a proportion of total business capital expenditure
    Source:
    ABS Economic Activity Survey

Apparent gaps in available statistics for this dimension include:
  • Limited data available on business ICT expenditure, including software
  • Lack of data on use of ICT and electronic services offered, by government organisations
  • Lack of data on ICT expenditure and use by the education sector
  • Insufficient data on ICT skill levels and shortages
  • Lack of data on networks other than the Internet

Relevant indicators are also shown under other dimensions. They include:
  • Various indicators on education standards and expenditure (Human capital).

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