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Rural Balance

Internet connection

In 2011, 61% of homes in Rural Balance 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 Rural Balance 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
Rural Balance - Households20112006Change
Connection typeNumber%City of Melton %Number%City of Melton %2006 to 2011
Total internet connection
92770.178.256553.962.1+361
map this data in atlas.idBroadband connection81261.471.523622.639.2+576
Dial-up connection
604.62.832030.522.3-259
Other connection
544.13.990.80.6+45
No internet connection
25018.915.139137.331.5-141
Not stated
14511.06.7928.86.4+53

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, City of Melton: 6.7% No internet connection, City of Melton: 15.1% Other connection, City of Melton: 3.9% Dial-up connection, City of Melton: 2.8% Broadband connection, City of Melton: 71.5% Total internet connection, City of Melton: 78.2% Not stated, Rural Balance: 11.0% No internet connection, Rural Balance: 18.9% Other connection, Rural Balance: 4.1% Dial-up connection, Rural Balance: 4.6% Broadband connection, Rural Balance: 61.4% Total internet connection, Rural Balance: 70.1%
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, Rural Balance: +53 No internet connection, Rural Balance: -141 Other connection, Rural Balance: +45 Dial-up connection, Rural Balance: -259 Broadband connection, Rural Balance: +576 Total internet connection, Rural Balance: +361
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 Rural Balance compared to the City of Melton 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 23.5% of households had no internet connection or a dial up connection, and 61.4% had broadband connectivity, compared with 17.9% and 71.5% respectively in the City of Melton.

Emerging groups

Between 2006 and 2011 the number of households with an internet connection increased by 362.

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

  • Broadband connection (+576 households)
  • Total internet connection (+361 households)
  • Dial-up connection (-259 households)

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