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ABS statistics show income and education level still factors in Internet access

21 December, 2011
By Allison Orr

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has released is most recent report into House Use of Information Technology, and found that nearly three-quarters of Australian households have broadband.

However, income is still a major factor influencing Internet access in Australian households.  The proportion of households in the highest income quintile with Internet access was 95 per cent, whereas in the lowest income quintile it is only 55 per cent.  Furthermore, the proportion of people who access the Internet increased as educational attainment level increased.  95 per cent of those with a Bachelor degree or above accessed the Internet.

Overall emailing was the most common online activity, but this changes in some age groups, with 15-17 year olds most commonly using the Internet at home for social networking.

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