The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has released figures showing that the uptake of information technology (IT) services in Australian business has slowed.
The Australia-wide mail survey of 15,000 businesses aimed to determine the developments and adoption of the IT industry in Australian businesses.
Of the 84 per cent of businesses using a computer, no growth occurred in the 12 months to June 30, 2002. Internet access grew 3 per cent. The proportion of businesses with a web presence grew 2 per cent.
The growth in these areas was mainly due to small businesses, according to the ABS.
Dial-up Internet access was still the most prevalent across the spread of businesses.
In the same survey for the 2000/01 financial year, businesses using a computer grew 8 per cent.
ABS' Service Industry Director, Soula Macfarlane, said the reason for the decrease in the uptake of services was that many businesses had reached saturation point.
“The Internet access uptake varies amongst different businesses," Macfarlane said. "Many small businesses use the Internet and computers for information research, email and banking services, while larger businesses and companies use more complex Internet and web services for networks and communication."
Despite a decline in the number of businesses receiving orders for goods and services via the Internet or Web, the estimated Internet income earned by Australian businesses increased by more than $1 billion in 2001/2002.
Further ABS research indicated that in the same year to June 30, 2002, 41 per cent of businesses reported some form of security incident or breach. Viruses (38 per cent) were the most common cause.