2902.0 - Census Update (Newsletter), Oct 2007  
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New study paper on Internet access in Australia


In recent years there has been a strong policy focus as well as community interest on Internet access and its use in Australia. Policy makers are increasingly focussing on the economic and social impacts arising from adoption and use of information and communication technology. People with less opportunity to access the Internet are believed to be disadvantaged socially and economically.

A new paper by the ABS 'Patterns of internet access in Australia' 2006 (Cat. no. 8146.0.55.001) examines the spatial distribution of the Internet. In particular, it looks at broadband access by households and the influence of socio-demographic characteristics such as household income and major expenditure; family and household characteristics; education level; occupation; labour force and Indigenous status. The relationship of these variables to Internet and broadband access are also explored using regression modelling and where possible, comparisons are made with 2001 Census and other related survey data.

The paper is due to be released on 29 November 2007 and will be made available via the ABS website https://www.abs.gov.au