Australian Bureau of Statistics
Household Telephone Connections
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Information was obtained on whether households in private dwellings did or did not have a telephone connected. Households which did have a telephone connected were asked the number of telephone lines connected. Households which did not have a telephone were asked the main reason for not having it connected. Information was also obtained on the composition of the household and the characteristics of household members.
To measure the proportion of households with a telephone connected, and the main reasons for not having a telephone connection.
The survey collects information by personal interview from usual residents of private dwellings in Australia. Private dwellings are houses, flats, home units, caravans, garages, tents and other structures that are used as places of residence at the time of interview. Long-stay caravan parks are also included. These are distinct from special dwellings which include hotels, boarding schools, boarding houses and institutions. Residents of special dwellings are excluded.
The survey also excludes households which contain members of non-Australian defence forces stationed in Australia and diplomatic personnel of overseas governments.
A single telephone line is considered to have a single telephone number. In a household where there is more than one telephone sharing a single number, it is regarded as a single line. A household is regarded as having more than one telephone line when there is a separate number used in the home, this can also apply to portable telephones with a separate number used in the home. "Connected"/"connection" means that the telephone was functioning or was only temporarily out of order.
ABS Cat. No. 4110.0 Household Telephone Connections, Australia, August 1991.
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Comments and/or Other Regions
Has been conducted in March 1983, March 1986 and August 1991.
ABS conducted similar surveys in March 1983 and March 1986.
Data availability comments
User funded survey conducted in March 1983, March 1986 and August 1991. Results published in Household Telephone Connections, Australia, August 1991, (ABS Cat. No. 4110.0 )
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