In what has to be good news for resellers, the number of Australian homes with PCs and access to the Internet is growing exponentially, according to survey results published last week by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
More than 1.1 million residencies were logged onto the Net in 1998 which represents 16 per cent of all households. This is a staggering 280 per cent increase over the 1996 survey result of 286,000 home connections.
These ABS figures were published after households were surveyed on their use of information technology in February, May, August and November 1998.
Other statistics to emerge include the fact 45 per cent (3,000,000 million) of households now have a computer with 38 per cent (2,600,000) using them frequently. The latter of those figures rose from 31 per cent in 1996.
Close to 5.7 million Australians aged five or over used a home computer frequently, according to the survey.
The ABS' report also showed that ACT has the highest usage of the Internet from home at 28 per cent with NSW (18 per cent) and Northern Territory the next best. The nation's capital also recorded the highest frequent use of computers after recording a 38 per cent rating.
Meanwhile, the ABS found the pool of adult Australians who had used the Internet to purchase goods had grown to 350,000 with 81 per cent of those paying for their orders and purchases online.
More than 8 million Australian adults used a computer from somewhere in 1998 with half of those accessing the Internet at some time or another.