The 2007-08 MPHS survey collected information from 15,800 (after sample loss) randomly selected private dwelling households across Australia. In the survey, one randomly selected person per household was asked about their household's access to, and their own use of, computers and the Internet. The response rate was approximately 89%. People living in very remote parts of Australia are excluded from the scope of the MPHS, which has only a minor impact on aggregate estimates, except for the Northern Territory where these people account for around 23% of the population. Refer to the explanatory notes for more information.
The MPHS was designed primarily to provide estimates at the Australia level. Broad estimates are available for states and territories, though users should exercise caution when using estimates at this level because of the presence of high sampling errors. As a guide, selected estimates and Relative Standatd Errors (RSEs) are presented in a Technical note.
This release also includes data from the 2006 Time Use Survey (TUS), which was compiled from a sample of 3,900 households across Australia. This survey collected detailed information on the daily activity patterns of people in Australia, including use of the internet and computers and the proportion of workers using teleworking. The 2006 TUS was the third national time use survey conducted in Australia. Previous surveys were conducted in 1992 and 1997.
Where estimates have been rounded, discrepancies may occur between the sums of the component items and totals.