Australian Bureau of Statistics

Rate the ABS website
ABS Home > Statistics > By Release Date
ABS @ Facebook ABS @ Twitter ABS RSS ABS Email notification service
8146.0 - Household Use of Information Technology, Australia, 2010-11 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 15/12/2011   
   Page tools: Print Print Page Print all pages in this productPrint All RSS Feed RSS Bookmark and Share Search this Product  
Contents >> INTERNET AND COMPUTER USE BY PERSONS WITH A DISABILITY

INTERNET AND COMPUTER USE BY PERSONS WITH A DISABILITY

The statistics presented in this section were collected in the 2003 and 2009 Surveys of Disability, Ageing and Carers (SDAC). The figures relate to people aged 15 years and over with a reported disability who live in private dwellings, excluding those who reported only having a disfigurement or deformity without any limitations. For the purposes of SDAC, disability is defined as any limitation, restriction or impairment which restricts everyday activities and has lasted or is likely to last for at least six months.

These data have previously been released in Disability, Ageing and Carers, Australia: Summary of Findings (cat. no. 4430.0).


INTERNET USE BY PERSONS WITH A DISABILITY

In 2009, more than three in five (62%) of persons with a reported disability had internet access at home, compared to just over two in five (41%) in 2003.

Just over half (53%) of persons with a reported disability used the internet at any location in 2009, up from 39% in 2003.

Activities performed using the internet

Persons with a reported disability who used the internet in the previous 12 months were asked to indicate the activities they performed on the internet, where they used it and their purpose for home internet use.

The most common activities performed using the internet were General browsing (90%) and Use email/access chat sites (83%). More than half of persons with a reported disability used the internet for Accessing government services (51%).

Persons with a reported disability, by selected activities(a) performed on the internet(b)
Graph: Persons with a reported disability, by selected activities(a) performed on the internet(b)

Location of internet use

In 2009, most persons with a reported disability who used the internet in the previous 12 months did so at Home (91%). The next most common location of internet use was Work/business (34%).

Persons with a reported disability, by selected locations(a) of internet use(b)
Graph: Persons with a reported disability, by selected locations(a) of internet use(b)

Purpose for internet use at home

Persons with a reported disability who used the internet at home in the previous 12 months were asked to indicate their purpose for using the internet. In 2009, the most commonly reported purpose was Personal/private (97%). Work/business and Education/study were the next most common purposes, at 34% and 27% respectively.

Persons with a reported disability, by purpose(a) for internet use at home(b)
Graph: Persons with a reported disability, by purpose(a) for internet use at home(b)

Government services accessed on the internet

Of the persons with a reported disability who accessed a government service on the internet for private purposes, almost two thirds (62%) Paid bills electronically. This was more than double the proportion of any other service used, with the next most common service being the electronic lodgement of Tax returns (28%).

Persons with a reported disability, by type of government service(a) accessed on the internet(b)
Graph: Persons with a reported disability, by type of government service(a) accessed on the internet(b)


COMPUTER USE BY PERSONS WITH A DISABILITY

In 2009, 71% of persons with a reported disability had access to a computer at home compared to 55% in 2003.

Just under three in five (57%) persons with a reported disability in 2009 used a computer at any location in the previous 12 months, up from 48% in 2003.

Location of computer use

The majority of persons with a reported disability who used a computer in the previous 12 months, used a computer at Home (94%). The next most common location for computer use was Work/business (34%).

Persons with a reported disability, by selected locations(a) of computer use(b)
Graph: Persons with a reported disability, by selected locations(a) of computer use(b)


Previous PageNext Page

Bookmark and Share. Opens in a new window


Commonwealth of Australia 2014

Unless otherwise noted, content on this website is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 Australia Licence together with any terms, conditions and exclusions as set out in the website Copyright notice. For permission to do anything beyond the scope of this licence and copyright terms contact us.