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Low income households - Internet connection

In 2011, 47.7% of people in low income households in the City of Melton 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 the City of Melton 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
City of Melton - Low income households20112006Change
Connection typeNumber%VictoriaNumber%Victoria2006 to 2011
Total internet connection2,98055.548.91,14334.929.4+1,837
Broadband connection2,56047.742.067820.716.8+1,882
Dial-up connection1783.33.644113.412.1-263
Other connection2424.53.3240.70.5+218
No Internet connection2,16040.246.71,98460.565.9+176
Not stated2324.34.41524.64.7+80

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, City of Melton: 4.3% No Internet connection, City of Melton: 40.2% Other connection, City of Melton: 4.5% Dial-up connection, City of Melton: 3.3% Broadband connection, City of Melton: 47.7% Total internet connection, City of Melton: 55.5%
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, City of Melton: +80 No Internet connection, City of Melton: +176 Other connection, City of Melton: +218 Dial-up connection, City of Melton: -263 Broadband connection, City of Melton: +1,882 Total internet connection, City of Melton: +1,837
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 the City of Melton compared to Victoria shows that there was a lower proportion of low income households with no access to an internet connection, and a higher proportion of households with broadband connectivity.

Overall 40.2% of low income households had no access to an internet connection and 47.7% 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 1,837.

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

  • Broadband connection (+1,882 households)
  • Dial-up connection (-263 households)
  • Other connection (+218 households)