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Internet Access

According to the 2006 Census, 43% of Indigenous households had access to the Internet, compared with 64% of those from other households. In both Indigenous households and other households, broadband connection was the most common type of Internet connection (60% and 64% respectively), followed by Dial-Up (37% in Indigenous households and 35% in other households).

Lone person Indigenous households were least likely to have internet connection in their home (65% said they did not have it), closely followed by those with 6 or more persons usually resident (60% did not have). A high percentage of lone person Indigenous households reported an internet connection but did not indicate what type (16%).

Internet type (a) by number of persons in household (b), by Indigenous status, 2006

(a) 'Other' Internet access not included in graph.
(b) Occupied private dwellings.
Source: 2006 Census of Population and Housing, Community Profiles Series, Indigenous Profile, Table I21


Internet type (a) by number of persons in household (b), by Indigenous status, 2006
Number of persons usually resident
1
2
3
4
5
6 or more
Indigenous households
No Internet connection
%
65
55
50
44
47
60
Broadband
%
11
22
27
32
31
22
Dial-up
%
8
16
17
19
17
11
Other
%
1
1
1
1
1
1
Not Stated
%
16
5
5
4
5
6
Other households
No Internet connection
%
59
38
23
15
14
18
Broadband
%
19
36
49
58
60
56
Dial-up
%
15
23
25
25
24
22
Other
%
1
1
1
0
0
1
Not Stated
%
6
3
2
2
2
3
(a) Where a dwelling has more than one type of Internet connection, only one is recorded.
(b) Occupied private dwellings.
Source: 2006 Census of Population and Housing, Community Profiles Series, Indigenous Profile, Table I21.


Households with Internet access by Remoteness area(s)
For Indigenous households, Internet access was lower in remote areas; declining from 53% in Major Cities to 13% in Very Remote areas. This is in contrast to the trend for other households, where Internet access in Major Cities and in Very Remote areas were almost the same (67% and 62% respectively).


Internet Access by Remoteness Area (a), by Indigenous Status, 2006

(a) Occupied Private Dwellings.
Source: Population Characteristics, Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Australians, 2006 (cat. no. 4713)


Further information:

Population Characteristics, Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Australians, 2006 (cat. no. 4713.0)

2006 Census of Population and Housing, Community Profiles Series, Indigenous Profile, Table I21

Population Characteristics, Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Australians, 2006, Data cubes (cat. no. 4713.0.55.001)


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