The number of households with broadband Internet is steadily increasing, according to the latest statistics released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
Over the last year, broadband connectivity increased by 18 per cent to 5 million households. More generally, between 1998 to 2008-09, household access to the Internet at home more than quadrupled from 16 per cent to 72 per cent. Access to computers increased from 44 per cent to 78 per cent over the same period.
As a result of the growth, broadband is now accessed by nearly two-thirds of Australian households (62 per cent), while 86 per cent of households with Internet access are now connected via broadband.
By state, the ACT has the greatest penetration of broadband access, at 74 per cent, while South Australia and Tasmania are a little behind at 49 per cent and 54 per cent respectively.
Households are more likely to have access to the Internet if it includes a child under 15 years of age, are located in metropolitan areas of Australia, and have a higher household income, the ABS stated.
The report found education and online games are the most common uses of the Internet for children, and the Internet is accessed more often at home than at school.