1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2012  
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Info and communication technolodgy


Information and communication technology (ICT) plays an important role in changing the way in which people live, work and do business. ICT products include computer hardware and software, telecommunications equipment and infrastructure, and computer and telecommunication services. These products are core drivers of the 'digital economy' and there is increasing demand for information on ICT demand and supply to inform debate on the role of ICT in Australia's social and economic development.

This chapter focuses mainly on Internet access and use by businesses, households and individuals.

While this chapter does not include data on ICT industries, the previous edition of Year Book Australia contained detailed 2006–07 data on this topic.

Chapter 22 SERVICE INDUSTRIES, in this edition, has data on the Information media and telecommunications industry and the Professional, scientific and technical services industry, which between them, include the ICT services industries.


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Statistics contained in the Year Book are the most recent available at the time of preparation. In many cases, the ABS website and the websites of other organisations provide access to more recent data. Each Year Book table or graph and the bibliography at the end of each chapter provides hyperlinks to the most up to date data release where available.