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Low income households - Internet connection

In 2011, 34.9% of people in low income households in Hobsons Bay City had access to 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.

Typically across Australia, internet access is correlated with both age and incomes. Low income households are less likely to have internet access than high income households in general, but this may vary depending on the role and function of each area in housing those on low incomes. For instance areas where the main low income households are student populations may have quite high levels of internet access.

Internet connectivity in Hobsons Bay City can be affected by availability of connection, Education Attending and Age Structure, as well as incomes.

Derived from the Census question:

'Can the Internet be accessed at this dwelling?'

Low income households in private dwellings

Type of internet connection
Hobsons Bay City - Low income households20112006Change
Connection typeNumber%VictoriaNumber%Victoria2006 to 2011
Total internet connection2,66841.148.91,44323.629.4+1,225
Broadband connection2,26534.942.081413.316.8+1,451
Dial-up connection2003.13.65899.612.1-389
Other connection2033.13.3400.70.5+163
No Internet connection3,53054.446.74,35871.365.9-828
Not stated2894.54.43085.04.7-19

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, Victoria: 4.4% No Internet connection, Victoria: 46.7% Other connection, Victoria: 3.3% Dial-up connection, Victoria: 3.6% Broadband connection, Victoria: 42.0% Total internet connection, Victoria: 48.9% Not stated, Hobsons Bay City: 4.5% No Internet connection, Hobsons Bay City: 54.4% Other connection, Hobsons Bay City: 3.1% Dial-up connection, Hobsons Bay City: 3.1% Broadband connection, Hobsons Bay City: 34.9% Total internet connection, Hobsons Bay City: 41.1%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented 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, Hobsons Bay City: -19 No Internet connection, Hobsons Bay City: -828 Other connection, Hobsons Bay City: +163 Dial-up connection, Hobsons Bay City: -389 Broadband connection, Hobsons Bay City: +1,451 Total internet connection, Hobsons Bay City: +1,225
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the type of internet connection for low income households in Hobsons Bay City compared to Victoria shows that there was a higher proportion of low income households with no access to an internet connection, and a lower proportion of households with broadband connectivity.

Overall 54.4% of low income households had no access to an internet connection and 34.9% had broadband connectivity, compared with 46.7% and 42.0% respectively for Victoria.

Emerging groups

Between 2006 and 2011, access to an internet connection for low income households increased by 1,225.

The largest changes in the internet connectivity for low income households in Hobsons Bay City, between 2006 and 2011 were:

  • Broadband connection (+1,451 households)
  • No Internet connection (-828 households)
  • Dial-up connection (-389 households)