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Characteristics of users aged 15 years and older with broadband connections, 2005/06–2007/08

In 2007/08, there were over 10.5 million internet users aged 15 years and older in Australia. Of these, 81 per cent had broadband access compared to 51 per cent in 2005/06. As a proportion, broadband was most common among users aged 15–17, males, people with higher incomes, those with university education, and those born overseas.

  2005/06 2006/07 2007/08
No. users (‘000) Broadband (%) No. users (‘000) Broadband (%) No. users (‘000) Broadband (%)
Total 9,056 51% 9,922 72% 10,587 81%
Age
15–17 657 55% 745 79% 731 85%
18–24 1,324 59% 1,384 75% 1,536 83%
25–34 1,840 52% 2,016 73% 2,106 83%
35–44 1,991 50% 2,174 72% 2,303 83%
45–54 1,739 54% 1,884 72% 1,949 81%
55–64 1,054 45% 1,188 68% 1,281 78%
65 or over 450 38% 530 55% 680 69%
Sex
Male 4,591 55% 5,029 73% 5,320 83%
Female 4,465 48% 4,893 70% 5,267 80%
Personal income
$0–$39,9992 4,890 50% 5,071 70% 5,020 79%
$40,000–$79,999 2,412 53% 2,664 73% 2,900 82%
$80,000–$119,999 566 59% 646 75% 752 89%
$120,000 or over 282 70% 350 82% 361 89%
Could not be determined 906 47% 1,191 71% 1,490 81%
Country of birth
Born in Australia 6,667 50% 7,298 71% 7,870 80%
Born overseas
Main English–speaking countries 1,063 57% 1,107 73% 1,129 81%
Other countries 1,326 56% 1,513 73% 1,584 86%
Education
Bachelor degree or above 2,397 58% 2,541 75% 2,614 85%
Advanced diploma or diploma certificate 873 49% 1,008 73% 1,121 81%
Certificate 1,325 49% 1,639 67% 1,836 77%
Year 12 or below 4,358 49% 4,632 71% 4,871 81%

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 2005/06, 2006/07 and 2007/08 and the Children's Participation in Cultural and Leisure Activities Survey in 2006.
1. Broadband: defined by the ABS as an “always on” internet connection with an access speed equal to or greater than 256Kbps.
2. Includes those persons with incomes less than zero.

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