In the 2001 Census, each person was asked about Internet and computer usage. This topic was reviewed for the 2006 Census, and the question relates now to Internet access for the dwelling rather than Internet and computer usage of individuals.
In the 2006 Census, 43% of Indigenous households reported having Internet access, compared with 64% of other households. In both Indigenous households and other households, broadband connection was the most common type of Internet connection (60% and 64% respectively). The proportion of Indigenous households with dial-up connection was 37%, similar to the proportion for other households (35%).
For Indigenous households, Internet access was lower in more remote areas, at 53% in Major Cities compared with 13% in Very Remote areas. This is in contrast to the trend for other households, where Internet access in Major Cities and in Very Remote areas were almost the same (67% and 62% respectively).
HOUSEHOLDS WITH INTERNET ACCESS BY REMOTENESS AREAS(a)