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1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2007  
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Contents >> Information and Communication technology >> Business use of information technology (IT)

BUSINESS USE OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (IT)

ADOPTION OF IT BY BUSINESSES

For the year ended 30 June 2005, 89% of Australian businesses used a computer, 77% used the Internet and 27% had a web presence.

A strong relationship exists between the employment size of a business and the likelihood that the business is using IT (table 23.7). As employment size increases, so does the proportion of businesses making use of IT. For example, for the year ended June 2005 all businesses with 100 or more people employed used computers, 99% used the Internet and 91% had a web presence. A much lower level of IT adoption existed for businesses with 0-4 people employed: 85% used computers; 77% used the Internet; and only 17% had a web presence.


23.7 BUSINESS USE OF SELECTED INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES(a) - 2004-05

Businesses with(a)
Computer use
Internet use
Web presence
%
%
%

Total businesses
89
77
27
Employment size
0-4 persons
85
71
17
5-19 persons
95
86
41
20-99 persons
97
92
59
100 or more persons
100
99
91
Industry
Mining
92
88
38
Manufacturing
88
75
38
Electricity, gas and water supply
97
90
43
Construction
84
66
11
Wholesale trade
95
87
44
Retail trade
84
73
^24
Accommodation, cafes and restaurants
77
62
31
Transport and storage
82
67
16
Communication services
84
62
19
Finance and insurance
95
85
28
Property and business services
95
89
33
Health and community services
94
80
19
Cultural and recreational services
97
90
50
Personal and other services
82
60
25

(a) Proportions are of all businesses in each category.
Source: Business Use of Information Technology, 2004-05 (8129.0).


BUSINESS USE OF THE INTERNET

Data was collected on the main type of connection used to access the Internet as at the end of June 2005. A higher proportion of businesses using the Internet were mainly using broadband connections (63%) than non-broadband connections (37%) (graph 23.8). Broadband is defined by the ABS as an 'always on' Internet connection with an access speed equal to or greater than 256 kilobits per second. Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) was the most common main type of Internet connection for businesses connected by broadband (68%).

Broadband connections were the most prevalent main Internet connection type for all four business sizes.

23.8 MAIN TYPE OF INTERNET ACCESS CONNECTION, By employment size(a) - 30 June 2005 23.8 MAIN TYPE OF INTERNET ACCESS CONNECTION, By employment size(a) - 30 June 2005

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