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Households with access to a home computer by state, 1998–2007/08

There were around 6.17 million households with access to a computer in 2007/08, up from just over 3 million in 1998. Over the last ten years, growth in the number of households with computers has been strong across all states and territories, with the Northern Territory, Queensland, Western Australia and Tasmania doubling in size and most other states growing around 80–90 per cent.

In 2007/08, 75 per cent of households had access to a computer. The largest three states had a household penetration of 74–76 per cent, while the ACT maintained the highest proportion at 86 per cent.

Graph: Number of households with access to a home computer by state. The following tables provide the data.
No. households (‘000)
NSW Vic Qld SA WA Tas NT ACT Total
1998 1,023 791 562 246 300 66 20 75 3,083
1999 1,079 867 585 272 352 75 27 79 3,337
2000 1,244 987 680 299 397 84 28 84 3,803
2001 1,435 1,108 776 346 427 96 28 94 4,311
2002 1,528 1,144 822 355 479 98 34 96 4,556
2003 1,653 1,278 957 390 512 111 n.p 99 5,038
2004/05 1,723 1,306 1,026 409 545 119 38 99 5,266
2005/06 1,822 1,361 1,092 429 560 121 41 101 5,527
2006/07 1,918 1,435 1,159 451 613 131 46 108 5,860
2007/081 2,057 1,522 1,211 460 630 135 47 110 6,170
Proportion of households (%)
NSW Vic Qld SA WA Tas NT ACT Aust.2
1998 44% 46% 43% 41% 44% 36% 42% 64% 44%
1999 45% 50% 44% 45% 50% 40% 55% 66% 47%
2000 52% 56% 50% 49% 55% 45% 54% 70% 53%
2001 59% 61% 55% 56% 58% 50% 52% 77% 58%
2002 61% 62% 57% 58% 63% 51% 62% 78% 61%
2003 65% 68% 65% 62% 67% 57% n.p. 80% 66%
2004/05 67% 68% 67% 64% 69% 61% 71% 79% 67%
2005/06 69% 69% 72% 67% 71% 60% 70% 82% 70%
2006/07 72% 72% 74% 69% 76% 66% 75% 84% 73%
2007/08 76% 74% 75% 71% 76% 67% 77% 86% 75%

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), Household Use of Information Technology (cat. no. 8146.0),

Notes:
Household Use of Information Technology (HUIT) data was collected from the Multi-Purpose Household Survey (MPHS) for 2004/05, 2005/06, 2006/07 and 2007/08. HUIT data has been previously collected in the Population Survey Monitor (1996, 1998, 1999 and 2000), Survey of Education, Training and Information Technology (2001), General Social Survey (2002), National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Survey (2002), Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers (2003) and the Children's Participation in Cultural and Leisure Activities Survey (2003 and 2006).
1. For 2007/08, the ABS only published proportions; the numbers of households are Screen Australia calculations based on ABS data.
2. Total households in Australia with access to a home computer.

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