2901.0 - Census Dictionary, 2006 (Reissue)  
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Type of Internet Connection

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Quality Statement


This variable records whether a dwelling has an Internet connection, regardless of whether or not it is paid for by the household. Where a dwelling has more than one type of connection only one type is recorded. More Detailed Description

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2006 Household Form - Question 59


Applicable to: Occupied private dwellings

1. No Internet connection
2. Broadband connection
3. Dial-up connection
4. Other connection
& Not stated
@ Not applicable

Total number of categories: 6

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Quality Statement - Type of Internet Connection (NEDD)

There are many aspects which can affect the quality of Census data; the following information should be considered when viewing data on Type of Internet Connection (NEDD).

This data was captured automatically from check box responses on the form so the risk of processing error is minimal. In addition, sample checks of the data were undertaken to ensure an acceptable level of quality.

The non-response rate to this question for 2006 was 7.5%. Part of this non-response is attributable to the 4.2% of dwellings which were occupied on Census Night but did not return a completed form. In these cases, as the question for Type of Internet Connection (NEDD) had not been answered, the values remain 'not stated'.

In a small proportion of cases (testing has indicated that this is less than 2%), respondents provided an incorrect number of responses (for NEDD respondents are asked to mark one response). In these cases the first check box marked in the order they appear on the form is accepted and the subsequent responses are rejected.

The ABS aims to produce high quality data from the Census. To achieve this, extensive effort is put into Census form design, collection procedures, and processing procedures.

There are four principal sources of error in Census data: respondent error, processing error, partial response and undercount. Quality management of the Census program aims to reduce error as much as possible, and to provide a measure of the remaining error to data users, to allow them to use the data in an informed way.

When completing their Census form, some people do not answer all the questions which apply to them. In these instances, a 'not stated' code is allocated during processing, with the exception of non-response to age, sex, marital status and place of usual residence. These variables are needed for population estimates, so they are imputed using other information on the Census form, as well as information from the previous Census.

The processing of information from Census forms is now mostly automated, using scanning, Intelligent Character Recognition and other automatic processes. Quality assurance procedures are used during Census processing to ensure processing errors are kept at an acceptable level. Sample checking is undertaken during coding operations, and corrections are made where necessary.

The Census form may be completed by one household member on behalf of others. Incorrect answers can be introduced to the Census form if the respondent does not understand the question or does not know the correct information about other household members. Many of these errors remain in the final data.

More detailed information on data quality is available in the 2006 Census Dictionary (cat. no. 2901.0), in the section titled Managing Census Quality.

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