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In 2011, 67% of homes in Australia had a broadband internet connection.

A fast Internet Connection is increasingly required for accessing essential information and undertaking domestic and non-domestic business. Households with dial-up or no internet service are being left behind in the digital divide as both government and the private sector are increasingly conducting their business, or aspects of it, on-line.

Internet connectivity in Australia can be affected by availability of connection, Education, Household Income and Age Structure.

Derived from the Census question:

'Can the Internet be accessed at this dwelling?'

Households

Type of internet connection
Australia - Households20112006Change
Connection typeNumber%Greater Capital Cities %Number%Greater Capital Cities %2006 to 2011
Total internet connection6,043,56073.976.44,426,77058.361.2+1,616,790
Broadband connection5,488,16567.169.92,828,78937.241.9+2,659,376
Dial-up connection238,7702.92.71,552,48920.418.8-1,313,719
Other connection316,6253.93.845,4920.60.6+271,133
No internet connection1,565,37319.116.72,602,10134.331.1-1,036,728
Not stated572,8187.06.9567,3117.57.7+5,507

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Type of internet connection, 2011
Type of internet connection, 2011 Not stated, Greater Capital Cities: 6.9% No internet connection, Greater Capital Cities: 16.7% Other connection, Greater Capital Cities: 3.8% Dial-up connection, Greater Capital Cities: 2.7% Broadband connection, Greater Capital Cities: 69.9% Total internet connection, Greater Capital Cities: 76.4% Not stated, Australia: 7.0% No internet connection, Australia: 19.1% Other connection, Australia: 3.9% Dial-up connection, Australia: 2.9% Broadband connection, Australia: 67.1% Total internet connection, Australia: 73.9%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in type of internet connection, 2006 to 2011
Change in type of internet connection, 2006 to 2011 Not stated, Australia: +5,507 No internet connection, Australia: -1,036,728 Other connection, Australia: +271,133 Dial-up connection, Australia: -1,313,719 Broadband connection, Australia: +2,659,376 Total internet connection, Australia: +1,616,790
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the type of internet connection of households in Australia compared to Greater Capital Cities shows that there was a higher proportion of households with either no internet connection or a dial up connection, and a lower proportion of households with broadband connectivity.

Overall 22.1% of households had no internet connection or a dial up connection, and 67.1% had broadband connectivity, compared with 19.4% and 69.9% respectively in Greater Capital Cities.

Emerging groups

Between 2006 and 2011 the number of households with an internet connection increased by 1,616,790.

The largest changes in the internet connectivity in Australia, between 2006 and 2011 were:

  • Broadband connection (+2,659,376 households)
  • Total internet connection (+1,616,790 households)
  • Dial-up connection (-1,313,719 households)

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