8146.0.55.002 - Microdata: Household Use of Information Technology, Australia, 2010-11 Quality Declaration 
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TableBuilder files are released in accordance with the conditions specified in the Statistics Determination section of the Census and Statistics Act 1905 (CSA). This ensures that confidentiality is maintained whilst enabling micro level data to be released. More information on the confidentiality practices associated with TableBuilder can be found at the Confidentiality page.

For information on the institutional environment of the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), including the legislative obligations of the ABS, financing and governance arrangements, and mechanisms for scrutiny of ABS operations, please see ABS Institutional Environment.


Data on Household Use of Information Technology (HUIT) were collected as part of the 2010–11 Multipurpose Household Survey (MPHS). The MPHS is a supplement to the monthly Labour Force Survey (LFS) and is designed to collect annual statistics on a small number of self-contained topics. The scope of the LFS is restricted to people aged 15 years and over and excludes members of the permanent defence forces; certain diplomatic personnel of overseas governments usually excluded from census and estimated resident populations; overseas residents in Australia; and members of non-Australian defence forces (and their dependants). Refer to Labour Force, Australia (cat. no. 6202.0) for further information regarding the LFS. In addition, the 2010–11 MPHS excluded people living in very remote parts of Australia and people living in non-private dwellings such as hotels, university residences, students at boarding schools, patients in hospitals, inmates of prisons and residents of other institutions (e.g. retirement homes, homes for persons with disabilities).

Microdata from the HUIT component of the MPHS are available in TableBuilder. The HUIT survey provides data on use and access to computers and the internet by households and people aged 15 years and over. The HUIT survey is collected biennially as part of the Multipurpose Household Survey (MPHS). Additionally, data on use and access to computers and the internet by people with a disability and people aged 60 years and over is collected as part of the Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers (SDAC).

For more information, see Microdata: Household Use of Information Technology, Australia, May 2011 (cat. no. 8146.0.55.002).


The MPHS is collected annually with enumeration undertaken over the financial year period from July to June. The HUIT topic is collected biannually via the MPHS with the first of the series collected in 2004–05. As the survey reference period was the 12 months prior to the survey interview during 2010–11, the data relate to household use of information technology occurring at some time between July 2009 and June 2011. Data from the HUIT topic (in the form of html and data cubes) were released on 15 December 2011. The microdata product is released approximately 12 months after enumeration is completed.


The microdata contains finer levels of detail of data items than what is otherwise published in other formats, for example, in Household Use of Information Technology, Australia, 2010–11 (cat. no. 8146.0). For more information on the level of detail provided, please see the associated data item lists.

Steps to confidentialise the data made available on TableBuilder are taken in such a way as to maximise the usefulness of the content while maintaining the confidentiality of respondents selected in the survey. As a result it may not be possible to exactly reconcile all the statistics produced from the microdata with other published statistics. Further information about the steps taken to confidentialise the microdata is available through the following link:

TableBuilder confidentiality


There are established international frameworks and reporting models for the collection of HUIT data (e.g. the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) model questionnaire of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) access and use by households and individuals). Suggested question wording from these frameworks has been used as a starting point for HUIT questionnaire design and, where applicable, has been used in the HUIT survey.

While the ABS seeks to maximise consistency and comparability over time by minimising changes to the survey, ongoing survey review has adjusted to the changing needs of users of Information and Communication Technology statistics.

The Explanatory Notes section of Household Use of Information Technology, Australia, 2010–11 (cat. no. 8146.0) provides more detailed information on the differences between the ABS HUIT surveys over time.


The information within this product should be referred to when using the microdata. It contains information including Survey methodology, File structure, Using the TableBuilder, Conditions of use and the Data item lists.

The Explanatory Notes section of the Household Use of Information Technology, Australia, 2010–11 (cat. no. 8146.0) includes information on survey objectives, survey methods and design, data quality and interpretation, output data items, information about the availability of results and comparability with previous surveys.


Microdata products are available to approved users. Users wishing to access the microdata should read the How to apply for Microdata web page, before applying for access through MiCRO. Users should also familiarise themselves with information available via the Microdata web pages.

A full list of available microdata can be viewed via the List of expected and available Microdata.

HUIT 2010–11 can be accessed using TableBuilder.

Any questions regarding access to microdata can be forwarded to microdata.access@abs.gov.au or phone (02) 6252 7714.