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8146.0 - Household Use of Information Technology, Australia, 2007-08 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 18/12/2008   
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1 Households with Access to a Home Computer, the Internet and Broadband, 1998 to 2007-08

1998
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004-05
2005-06
2006-07
2007-08

Number of Households ('000)
With access to a home computer
3 083
3 337
3 803
4 311
4 556
5 038
5 266
5 527
5 860
6 173
With access to the internet
1 098
1 538
2 340
3 114
3 445
4 309
4 393
4 730
5 138
5 492
With broadband internet access(a)
n.a
n.a
n.a
n.a
n.a
n.a
1 278
2 251
3 506
4 287
Total households in Australia
7 002
7 100
7 236
7 377
7 468
7 633
7 847
7 945
8 071
8 244
Proportion of all households (%)
With access to a home computer
44
47
53
58
61
66
67
70
73
75
With access to the internet
16
22
32
42
46
53
56
60
64
67
With broadband internet access(a)
n.a
n.a
n.a
n.a
n.a
n.a
16
28
43
52
Total households in Australia
100
100
100
100
100
100
100
100
100
100

(a) Data on access to broadband was not collected prior to 2004-05.

2 Households with Access to a Home Computer, the Internet and/or Broadband, Selected Characteristics - 2007-08

Total number of all households
Households with access to a home computer
Households with access to the internet at home
Households with access to broadband at home
'000
%
%
%

Households
Without children under 15
6 016
69
61
46
With children under 15
2 227
90
82
67
State or territory
New South Wales
2 707
76
67
53
Victoria
2 056
74
66
51
Queensland
1 615
75
68
54
South Australia
647
71
62
42
Western Australia
827
76
68
54
Tasmania
202
67
56
39
Northern Territory
61
77
68
55
Australian Capital Territory
128
86
80
68
Region
Metropolitan areas
5 203
77
70
57
Ex-metropolitan areas
3 041
71
61
43
Equivalised household income
$0 - $39,999(a)
3 689
63
53
38
$40,000 - $79,999
2 141
86
79
65
$80,000 - $119,999
513
93
89
76
$120,000 or over
203
94
91
81
Could not be determined
1 698
77
71
55
Remoteness area
Major Cities of Australia
5 455
76
69
56
Inner Regional Australia
1 837
72
62
45
Outer Regional Australia
854
70
60
40
Remote Australia
^98
^72
^61
^43
Total Households
8 244
75
67
52

^ estimate has a relative standard error of 10% to less than 25% and should be used with caution
(a) Includes those households with income less than zero.

3 Type of Internet Connection, Selected Personal Characteristics, 2007-08

Number of persons accessing the internet at home
Dial Up
Broadband
Both
Don't know
'000
%
%
%
%

Age group (years)
15 - 17
731
^13
85
-
*2
18 - 24
1 536
15
83
-
*2
25 - 34
2 106
16
83
-
*1
35 - 44
2 303
16
83
*1
*1
45 - 54
1 949
18
81
*1
*1
55 - 64
1 281
20
78
*1
*1
65 or over
680
30
69
-
*1
Sex
Male
5 320
16
83
-
*1
Female
5 267
18
80
^1
*1
Personal income
$0 - $39,999(a)
5 020
19
79
-
*1
$40,000 - $79,999
2 900
17
82
-
*1
$80,000 - $119,999
752
^10
89
-
**1
$120,000 or over
361
*10
89
**1
-
Could not be determined
1 490
18
81
-
*1
Labour force status(b)
Employed
7 912
16
83
-
^1
Not employed
2 675
21
77
-
^2
Indigenous status
Non indigenous
10 532
17
81
-
^1
Indigenous
^55
*20
^79
-
**1
Country of birth(c)
Born in Australia
7 870
18
80
-
^1
Born overseas
Born in main English-speaking countries
1 129
18
81
-
*1
Born in other countries
1 584
13
86
-
*1
Level of highest educational attainment(d)
Bachelor degree or above
2 614
14
85
-
*1
Advanced diploma or diploma
1 121
^18
81
**1
*1
Certificate
1 836
21
77
-
**1
Year 12 or below
4 871
18
81
-
^1
Total
10 587
17
81
-
^1

^ estimate has a relative standard error of 10% to less than 25% and should be used with caution
* estimate has a relative standard error of 25% to 50% and should be used with caution
** estimate has a relative standard error greater than 50% and is considered too unreliable for general use
- nil or rounded to zero (including null cells)
(a) Includes those persons with income less than zero.
(b) Labour force status in the week before the survey.
(c) Excludes persons whose country of birth was not stated and/or inadequately described.
(d) Excludes those persons who had no educational attendance/attainment and where level was not determined.

4 Households with Access to a Home Computer, the Internet and Broadband, Australia and Selected Countries, 2007(a)

Computer
Internet
Broadband(b)
Country
%
%
%

Korea(c)
80.4
94.1
94.1
Iceland
89.1
83.7
76.1
Netherlands
86.3
82.9
73.8
Denmark
83.0
78.1
69.5
Japan(d)
85.0
62.1
67.6
Norway
82.4
77.6
66.7
Sweden
82.9
78.5
66.6
Canada(e)(f)(g)
75.4
68.1
64.0
Finland
74.0
68.8
62.9
Luxembourg
80.0
74.6
57.8
United Kingdom
75.4
66.7
56.7
Belgium
67.2
60.2
56.4
Switzerland(e)
77.4
70.5
52.8
Australia
75.0
67.0
52.0
United States(h)
61.8
61.7
50.8
Germany
78.6
70.7
49.6
Austria
70.7
59.6
46.1
EU25
65.8
56.0
43.4
France
61.6
49.2
42.9
Spain
60.4
44.6
39.2
New Zealand(e)
71.6
64.5
33.2
Hungary
53.5
38.4
33.0
Ireland
65.5
57.3
30.7
Portugal
48.3
39.6
30.4
Poland
53.7
41.0
29.6
Czech Republic
43.4
35.1
28.1
Slovak Republic
55.4
46.1
26.5
Italy
53.4
43.4
25.3
Greece
40.2
25.4
7.5
Mexico
22.1
12.0
6.1
Turkey(i)
12.2
7.7
1.7

(a) Generally, data from the EU Community Survey on household use of ICT, which covers EU countries plus Iceland, Norway and Turkey, relate to the first quarter of the reference year. For the Czech Republic, data relate to the fourth quarter of the reference year.
(b) There are significant differences in the definition of broadband, which are detailed on the OECD's website: <http://www.oecd.org/sti/ictmetadata>.
(c) Computer acess includes portable and handheld PCs. Internet access includes access through mobile phones, TV and game consoles. Broadband access includes access through mobile phones.
(d) Broadband lines include third generation mobile phone line, limited to the cases where a PC is connected to a mobile phone.
(e) Data relates to the 2006 reference year.
(f) Statistics exclude the Northwest Territories, Yukon Territory and Nunavut.
(g) Data for broadband only is for the 2007 reference year, obtained fromthe data published by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, and is subject to revision.
(h) Data for computer access relates to the 2003 reference year.
(i) Data relates to the 2005 reference year.

5 Type of Broadband Internet Connection, by State/Territory, 2007-08

Number of households with broadband internet access at home
Digital subscriber line
Cable
Other(a)
Don't know
State or Territory
'000
%
%
%
%

New South Wales
1 437
67
15
^5
13
Victoria
1 056
62
22
^5
12
Queensland
872
71
15
^4
11
South Australia
274
74
^10
^3
14
Western Australia
450
81
^3
^5
11
Tasmania
79
81
*1
*6
^12
Northern Territory
34
83
**3
**4
*10
Australian Capital Territory
87
61
^15
*4
21
Total
4 287
69
15
5
12

^ estimate has a relative standard error of 10% to less than 25% and should be used with caution
* estimate has a relative standard error of 25% to 50% and should be used with caution
** estimate has a relative standard error greater than 50% and is considered too unreliable for general use
(a) Includes satellite, wireless and mobile broandband connections.

6 Type of Broadband Internet Connection, by Region, 2007-08

Number of households with broadband internet access at home
Digital subscriber line
Cable
Satellite
Wireless
Mobile broadband and other connections
Don't know
Region
'000
%
%
%
%
%
%

Metropolitan areas
2 975
65
19
**3
-
-
12
Ex-metropolitan areas
1 313
77
^4
^3
^3
-
12
Total
4 287
69
15
^3
^1
-
12

^ estimate has a relative standard error of 10% to less than 25% and should be used with caution
** estimate has a relative standard error greater than 50% and is considered too unreliable for general use
- nil or rounded to zero (including null cells)

7 Use of the Internet, Selected Characteristics, by Location of Access, 2007-08(a)

Number of persons aged 15 years or over
Home
Work
Any location
'000
%
%
%

State or Territory
New South Wales
5 501
64
32
71
Victoria
4 165
64
32
71
Quensland
3 241
66
33
72
South Australia
1 255
60
31
69
Western Australia
1 639
65
35
75
Tasmania
389
55
30
67
Northern Territory
118
63
47
76
Australian Capital Territory
261
78
51
87
Region
Metropolitan areas
10 702
67
36
74
Ex-metropolitan areas
5 869
59
28
67
Total
16 570
64
33
72

(a) More than one site may be nominated.

8 Average Minutes per day using the Internet, by Type of Activity, 2006 Time Use Survey(a)

Own house
Other location(b)
Total
minutes/day
minutes/day
minutes/day

Persons aged 15 years or over who used the Internet
Communication activities
26
^1
27
Non-communication activities
39
^2
41
Total
65
^3
69
All Persons aged 15 years or over(c)(d)
Communication activities
4
-
5
Non-communication activities
7
-
7
Total
11
^1
12

^ estimate has a relative standard error of 10% to less than 25% and should be used with caution
- nil or rounded to zero (including null cells)
(a) Excludes internet use during working hours.
(b) Includes the locations of someone else's house, workplace, public areas, leisure and educational establishments.
(c) Includes persons who did not use the internet.
(d) Average is based on the reported participation rate on an average day for the whole population aged 15 years or over.

9 Teleworking Arrangements of Employed Persons aged 15 years and over, 2006 Time Use Survey

Total Employed Persons
Employed Persons with a Teleworking Arrangement
'000
%

Type of Employment
Employed full-time
6 786
7
Employed part-time
3 298
^5
Sector of Employment
Public sector
1 832
^9
Private sector
7 897
6
Household Type
Household with children under 15
3 721
^8
Household without children under 15
6 362
^5
Total Employed Persons
10 083
6

^ estimate has a relative standard error of 10% to less than 25% and should be used with caution



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