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HOUSEHOLD USE OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Household home computer or Internet access

Household access to home Internet has experienced considerable growth in recent years, increasing from 27% of ACT households in 1998 to 72% of ACT households in 2005-06. At the national level, the proportion of households with home Internet access increased from 16% to 60%.


Access to home computers has also increased in recent years, although not at the rate as home Internet access. In the ACT the proportion of households with access to a home computer increased from 64% in 1998 to 82% in 2005-06. At the national level, 44% of households had access to a home computer in 1998, compared with 70% in 2005-06.

6.12 Proportion of households with access to a home computer or home Internet, Selected years

1998
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004-05
2005-06
%
%
%
%
%
%
%
%

Access to a home computer

NSW
44
45
52
59
61
65
67
69
Vic.
46
50
56
61
62
68
68
69
Qld
43
44
50
55
57
65
67
72
SA
41
45
49
56
58
62
64
67
WA
44
50
55
58
63
67
69
71
Tas.
36
40
45
50
51
57
61
60
NT(a)
42
55
54
52
62
np
71
70
ACT
64
66
70
77
78
80
79
82
Aust.
44
47
53
58
61
66
67
70

Access to home Internet

NSW
18
22
32
45
48
54
56
60
Vic.
15
23
34
43
46
54
57
59
Qld
15
20
31
40
42
52
56
61
SA
12
19
29
37
43
48
50
56
WA
15
22
34
41
48
53
58
62
Tas.
10
18
25
31
35
41
48
49
NT(a)
16
30
35
38
48
np
61
60
ACT
27
34
46
60
60
66
67
72
Aust.
16
22
32
42
46
53
56
60

np not available for publication but included in totals where applicable, unless otherwise indicated
(a) Northern Territory estimates for 2003 are included in totals but cannot be shown separately.
Household Use of Information Technology, Australia, 2005-06 (cat. no. 8146.0).



Occupied private dwellings with Internet access

The 2006 Census of Population and Housing showed that almost three-quarters (74%) of occupied private dwellings in the ACT had an Internet connection, compared with 61% nationally. More than half (52%) of occupied private dwellings in the ACT had access to broadband, while 21% had access to dial-up. Nationally, 39% of occupied private dwellings had broadband access, while 22% had dial-up access.

6.13 Occupied private dwellings(a), By type of Internet connection(b) - 2006

Type of Internet connection
No Internet connection
Broadband
Dial-up
Other
Total
Internet connection not stated
Total

Number of occupied private dwellings ('000)

NSW
817.3
943.5
472.6
14.7
1 430.9
80.1
2 328.2
Vic.
635.4
716.8
360.4
9.7
1 086.9
59.3
1 781.7
Qld
475.3
558.0
307.7
7.8
873.5
42.8
1 391.6
SA
236.6
169.6
155.7
3.7
329.0
18.3
584.0
WA
237.0
284.4
155.5
4.4
444.3
21.9
703.2
Tas.
79.3
50.3
45.2
1.2
96.7
5.9
181.9
NT
21.3
18.1
13.5
0.5
32.1
2.6
55.9
ACT
28.5
61.2
24.2
0.7
86.2
2.3
116.9
Aust.
2 531.0
2 802.2
1 535.0
42.7
4 379.9
233.1
7 144.1

Proportion of all occupied private dwellings (%)

NSW
35.1
40.5
20.3
0.6
61.5
3.4
100.0
Vic.
35.7
40.2
20.2
0.5
61.0
3.3
100.0
Qld
34.2
40.1
22.1
0.6
62.8
3.1
100.0
SA
40.5
29.1
26.7
0.6
56.3
3.1
100.0
WA
33.7
40.4
22.1
0.6
63.2
3.1
100.0
Tas.
43.6
27.7
24.8
0.7
53.2
3.2
100.0
NT
38.0
32.4
24.1
0.9
57.4
4.6
100.0
ACT
24.4
52.4
20.7
0.6
73.7
1.9
100.0
Aust.
35.4
39.2
21.5
0.6
61.3
3.3
100.0

(a) Excludes 'Visitors only' and 'Other not classifiable' households
(b) Where a dwelling has more than one type of Internet connection, only one is recorded
2006 Census of Population and Housing, Data available on request.


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