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Accessing the internet
People aged 5 years and over were asked whether they accessed the internet in the 12 months prior to interview. Accessing the internet included access through all device types, such as computers, mobile phones, games consoles, internet-enabled TVs or any other device that was capable of accessing the internet. The person did not need to personally own the device and access of the internet was included in any location. Responses could be yes, no or don't know.
People who did not, or it was not known if they had, accessed the internet in the previous 12 months were sequenced to the end of the module. For children aged 5–14 years, this was the end of the survey. People aged 15 years and over were sequenced to the smoking module.
People who had accessed the internet in the previous 12 months were asked if they had accessed the internet at home in the previous 12 months. Responses could be yes, no or don't know. Those who said no or don't know were sequenced to the question about supplied equipment. People who had accessed the internet at home in the previous 12 months were asked how often, with the following response options.
People who had accessed the internet in the previous 12 months were asked about accessing the internet using supplied equipment at any of the following locations:
Internet access through a mobile phone was excluded for this question. More than one response could be provided. The response option of 'work' was not available to people aged less than 15 years. Similarly, those aged less than 15 years had an option of 'school' rather than 'school, TAFE, university or other educational institution'. The 'not known' option was only available for people aged 5–14 years (as a proxy was answering the question). People aged 5–14 years concluded the survey after the supplied equipment question.
Government services accessed
People aged 15 years and over who had accessed the internet in the previous 12 months were asked if they had used the internet to access government services for private purposes in the previous 12 months, and which ones. The response options were:
Type of government services accessed via the internet for private purposes. Responses included:
Electronic lodgement of:
Information or services relating to:
More than one response could be provided.
Comparison with the 2008 NATSISS
This topic has undergone substantial revision since 2008. The major revisions include:
The following data items were new in 2014–15, and are unable to be compared to 2008:
The following data items have had some revisions to question wording and response options. However, some comparisons are possible:
Users should consult the respective questionnaires in order to make appropriate comparisons between 2008 and 2014–15. It should be noted that the context and intention of the questions in 2014–15 took into account the widespread use of technologies such as wi-fi and the use of internet on telephones and other devices.
The following information was collected in 2008, but was not collected in 2014–15:
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