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1387.3 - Queensland in Review, 2003  
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TELEPHONE AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ACCESS, Indigenous persons aged 15 years or over, Queensland, 2002


Used computer
in last 12 months
Accessed internet
in last 12 months
Has a telephone
in the home
Total
%
%
%
Persons

Indigenous persons aged 15 years or over
57.8
41.4
74.3
76,000
Remote areas
44.0
28.4
57.5
19,200
Non-remote areas
62.5
45.7
80.0
56,900
Aboriginal persons(a)
59.1
42.2
74.9
66,400
Torres Strait Islander persons(a)
51.8
33.5
69.2
16,600
Aged 15-24
72.5
57.1
69.6
22,300
Aged 25-44
61.3
42.6
78.6
35,400
Aged 45 and over
33.3
19.9
71.9
18,400
Employed
66.9
49.8
80.8
34,700
Unemployed
61.9
46.9
66.7
12,000
Not in labour force
45.4
29.1
69.8
29,300
Has a non-school qualification
75.0
55.5
82.1
19,900
Does not have a non-school qualification and no longer at school
46.4
31.3
71.5
50,200

(a) Includes persons identified as being of both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander origin
Source: National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey, Queensland, 2002, cat. no. 4714.3.55.001


In 2002, 58% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 15 years or over reported that they had used a computer in the last 12 months and 41% reported that they had accessed the Internet in the last 12 months. Use of information technology (IT) was much higher in non-remote areas with computer usage and Internet access rates substantially above those for remote areas. Those living in non-remote areas were also much more likely to have a working telephone in the home (80% compared with 58%).


People with a disability or long term health condition were less likely to use information technology, as were older people and those in low income households. While the employed and unemployed recorded similar rates of use, those who were not in the labour force were less likely to use either a computer or the internet. There was also a correlation between the highest year of school completed by Indigenous people and their use of information technology.
USE OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY BY HIGHEST EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION,
Indigenous persons aged 15 years or over and no longer at school, Queensland, 2002
Graph: use of information technology by highest educational qualification
Comparison of Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations (age standardised figures for ages 18 years or over, Queensland, 2002)
  • Indigenous people aged 18 years or over were less likely to have used a computer (46% compared to 68%) or have accessed the Internet in the last 12 months (31% compared to 58%) by comparison to non-Indigenous people.

Source: General Social Survey, 2002 and National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey, 2002. (See table 5 in the data cube 4714.3.55.001 - charges apply).

Note: As the Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations have different age structures, it can be misleading to make direct comparisons concerning characteristics which are largely age-dependent. Rather, age-standardised rates are used in this comparison.


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