8146.0 - Household Use of Information Technology, Australia, 1996
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 14/11/1997
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Take-up rate for modem and internet use low
Of the estimated 4 million home computer users only 300,000 (7.5 per cent) accessed the Internet, 200,000 (5 per cent) used electronic mail, and 100,000 (2.5 per cent) accessed other online services/databases according to the survey Household Use of Information Technology released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
The highest proportion of home computer users were the 5-17 year olds (41 per cent) , followed by the 18-24 year olds (29 per cent), 25-39 year olds (23 per cent), 40-54 year olds (25 per cent), and persons 55 years and over, (7 per cent).
Home computer users (who were 18 years and over) were more likely to be males in a professional occupation, who use computers at work and who have used computers for several years, however they were just as likely to be overseas born as Australian born.
Households in the Territories showed highest use of computers, with the (ACT 51 per cent and Northern Territory 35 per cent) followed by Victoria 34 per cent, New South Wales 30 per cent, South Australia and Western Australia 29 per cent each, Queensland 28 per cent, and Tasmania 25 per cent.
Other findings based on the sample survey include:
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