Australian Bureau of Statistics
1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2009–10
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 04/06/2010
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USE OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (IT)
In 2008-09, 78% of all Australian households had access to a computer and 72% had home internet access (graph 25.4). More than five times as many households had home access to the internet in the 2008-09 financial year, compared with the 1998 calendar year.
25.4 Household Computer, Internet and broadband access(a)
In 2008-09, the proportion of households with home computer access was higher for households with children under 15 years of age (91%) compared with those without children under 15 years (73%). Home computer access was lowest for all households in Tasmania (71%) and highest in the Australian Capital Territory (88%). In 1998, only a third of all households (36%) with a computer had home access to the internet; by 2008-09 this had increased to 92%.
In 2008-09, the number of households with a broadband internet connection had almost quadrupled from 2004-05 to an estimated 5.0 million households. This represented three out of five (62%) households in Australia and 86% of households with internet access.
The Australian Capital Territory continued to register the highest proportion of households with a broadband internet connection (74% of all households), while Tasmania and South Australia still had the lowest proportion of households with a Broadband internet connection (49% and 54% respectively).
The dominant type of technology used by households for broadband connection to the internet continued to be Digital Subscriber Line (DSL), although the percentage of households using this type of technology decreased from 69% of all broadband connections in 2007-08 to 64%. There was a corresponding increase over this period in the take-up of wireless technologies from 1% to 7%.
Certain socioeconomic characteristics of households continued to be associated with low rates of computer, internet and broadband connectivity across Australia, such as households which do not have children under 15 years; are located in ex-metropolitan Australia; and/or had low household incomes.
In 2007-08 in Australia, there were 141,026 farms with an estimated value of agricultural operations of $5,000 or more. Of these farms, nearly half (48%) accessed a broadband internet connection, while 17% accessed the Internet via a dial-up connection (table 25.5).
Western Australia continued to record the highest proportion of farms using the Internet for business operations (73%) in 2007-08, while Tasmania recorded the lowest proportion of farms using the Internet (59%).
Map 25.6 below depicts the proportion of farms that are not using the Internet for business operations, by statistical division. Smaller farms located around urban areas are less likely to use the Internet for business operations, whilst a higher proportion of farms in remote areas use the Internet for business operations.
25.6 Proportion of farms not using the internet for business operations, By Statistical Division - 2007-08
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