4147.4.55.001 - Culture and Recreation News, Apr 2001  
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In the 12 months prior to November 2000, more than 1.3 million Australian adults purchased or ordered goods and services for their own private use over the Internet. This was a substantial increase (66%) compared with the previous 12-month period when 803,000 adults used the Internet for this purpose.

In February 1998, the first quarter of the survey on the use of the Internet by householders, roughly one in every eight households (12.6%) had home Internet access. By the November 2000 quarter, home Internet access had increased to one in every three households (37%) and is expected to be one in two by the end of the 2001 year.

Details are in the final edition of Use of the Internet by Householders, Australia, November 2000 (cat. no. 8147.0, $17.50). The November 2000 survey was the final survey to be run on a quarterly basis. The ABS is currently developing an annual survey to collect similar data.