Notes on the data: Internet access at home

Internet connection types in private dwellings, 2011


Policy context:  A household can be considered to be disadvantaged if it lacks the resources to participate fully in society [1]. Access to the outside world, through a telephone or the Internet provides a means of communicating with friends and family, as well as services, employers and schools, thereby increasing educational, employment and other opportunities, including social interaction [2].

Socioeconomic characteristics of households continue to influence the rate of computer and Internet connectivity across Australia. Households which do not have children under 15 years, those that are located in non-metropolitan or regional areas of Australia and/or have lower household incomes are less likely to have a computer and/or access to the Internet [2]. These socioeconomic factors also influence the take-up rate of broadband access (as opposed to dial-up access), in addition to the technical issues regarding service availability in certain locations.


  1. Townsend P. Deprivation. J Soc Policy. 1987;16:125-46.
  2. Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). Household use of information technology, Australia, 2010-11. (ABS Cat. no. 8146.0). Canberra: ABS; 2011.

Notes:  The data indicators presented are:

  • Private dwellings wth no Internet connection
  • Total private dwellings with an Internet connection
    • Private dwellings with a Broadband Internet connection
    • Private dwellings with a Dial-up Internet connection
    • Private dwellings with an 'other' (non-Broadband or -Dial-up) connection

Additional notes

  1. The data include Internet access at private dwellings only.
  2. The data for the population in the 3.5% of dwellings for which Internet access was not stated are excluded. (The proportion excluded was calculated based on the Australian data.)

Numerator:  Internet connection types in private dwellings, as listed above under Notes


Denominator:  Total private dwellings


Detail of analysis:  Per cent


Source:  Compiled by PHIDU based on the ABS Census 2011 data.


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