Home Internet Access

Last Updated: 
Update Frequency: 
Census every 5 years

Indicator Rationale

Access to information allows residents, students and other sector interests to address their information and resource needs. Information is vital to the building of strong knowledge economies. With the introduction of the internet into many Australian homes, access to information is almost instantaneous.  Search engines are able to sort through vast electronic resources in a fraction of a second.  This indicator is also about having the resources to participate fully in the community and decision making.  

Data Source  

Australian Bureau of Statistics Census 2011

Community Indicators Victoria Survey 2007


There are two separate measures for this indicator.  Each measure is expressed as a percentage of the adult population.

People with Internet Access at Home

People with Broadband Internet Access at Home

A small number of survey respondents (less than 2% of weighted survey estimates across Victoria) didn't know or refused to answer the survey question.  These respondents have been excluded from the data analysis.

Important: Please note the change in data source between 2007 and 2011. In 2007 the CIV Survey data were used for this indicator while in 2011 Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Census data are used.  Different data sources have been used because the CIV Survey was the most recent data available in 2007 while ABS Census data are the most recent and reliable data for 2011.

Survey Question

Q Dem9.  Can the internet be accessed at this dwelling?  No internet connection; Yes broadband; Yes dial up; Other.

Broadband connections include ADSL, cable, wireless and satellite connections.

Dial up connections include analogue modem and ISDN connections.

Other connections include through mobile phones, etc.

Source of Question  

Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2006 Census of Population and Housing 


Australian Bureau of Statistics, How Australia Takes a Census, 2006