8146.0 - Household Use of Information Technology, Australia, 2010-11 Quality Declaration 
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PERSONAL INTERNET USE

Internet use among Australians aged 15 years and over has continued to increase. In 2010-11, 79% of persons aged 15 years and over had accessed the internet in the previous 12 months, up from 74% in 2008-09.

Personal internet use, 2006-07 to 2010-11
Graph: Personal internet use, 2006-07 to 2010-11


Personal internet use by selected characteristics

By State or Territory of usual residence, the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) recorded the highest proportion of residents accessing the internet (89%) for 2010-11.

Personal internet use(a), by State or Territory, 2010-11
Graph: Personal internet use(a), by State or Territory, 2010-11


Persons aged 18-24 years had the highest proportion (96%) of individuals accessing the internet. The 55-64 year age group showed the largest increase in the proportion of people accessing the internet, up from 63% in 2008-09 to 71% in 2010-11.

Personal internet use, by age group, 2010-11
Graph: Personal internet use, by age group, 2010-11


Internet use was more common for individuals from households with higher incomes. The proportion of individuals from the highest quintile of equivalised household income who accessed the internet was 94%, compared with 59% for people from the lowest quintile.

Personal internet use, by equivalised household income(a), 2010-11
Graph: Personal internet use, by equivalised household income(a), 2010-11


The proportion of people who accessed the internet increased as educational attainment level increased. In 2010-11, 95% of people with a Bachelor degree or above accessed the internet.

Personal internet use, by educational attainment level, 2010-11
Graph: Personal internet use, by educational attainment level, 2010-11


Personal internet use by location of access

Home was the most popular location of internet use. Of the persons who had accessed the internet in the previous 12 months, 95% did so at Home. The next most popular locations of access were Work (49%), and a Neighbour's, friend's or relative's house (36%).

Personal internet use, by location of access(a), 2010-11
Graph: Personal internet use, by location of access(a), 2010-11




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