How Many Australian Households have a Computer at Home?

Ever Wondered How Many Australian Households have a Computer at Home?

There is much said about Australian’s use of technology, but few articles provide any actual statistics. It is often quoted that Australians are early adopters of technology. This article firstly answers the question; “How Many Australian Households have a Computer at Home?”. Secondly, it provides information about usage by type of Australian household. Thirdly, this article provides information about Australian’s use of tablets and mobile phones.

Australian Use of Technology – Computers

The information regarding how many Australian households have a computer at home is sourced from the Australian Bureau of Statistics. It is based on 2008-09 data so very likely understates current 2013 usage figures.

  • 91% (or nine out of 10) of Australian households have a computer at home (that is households with children). This is higher than for households without children – 73% having a home computer.
  • Of that 91% of families with children, 86% had home internet access.
  • Households without children had lower internet access with 66%, which is still a very high figure.
  • Broadband access predominates with over 80% of all households accessing the internet by this method.
  • Unsurprisingly higher-income families have greater home computer access than lower-income households.
  • Nearly all households (97%) in the highest quintile reported having home internet access. Only 61% of households in the lowest quintile have home internet access.
  • In the 12 months to April 2009, an estimated 2.2 million children (79%) aged under 15 years reported accessing the internet, rates are similar for boys and girls.
  • Usage of the internet increases with age; 60% of 5-8-year-olds used the internet and increasing 96% of 12-14-year-olds use the internet.

For your interest, there is further information on Australian households and internet access from the Australian Bureau of Statistics for 2006 to 2012/13.

Australian Use of Technology – Tablets and Mobile Phones

We have answered the question “How Many Australian Households have a Computer at Home?”. The next question is; “How Many Australian Households have Tablets and Mobile Phones? “. The information answering this second question comes from a variety of sources from surfing the net. These include The Australian 2012, OzTAM, Nielsen and Regional TAM., 2012, The Daily Mail, 2013 and The Sydney Morning Herald, 2014.

  • 31% of homes now have at least one tablet device – and this is expected to increase to 50% next year.
  • 60 per cent of online Australians are multitasking on iPads and other devices while they watch TV.
  • Of these multi-taskers who surf the web and use social networking while watching television, 36 per cent say they do it on a daily basis.
  • More than half of us now own smartphones: a total of 52 per cent up from 46 per cent last year.
  • Analyst firm Telsyte reported that 2.4 million tablets were sold in Australia in 2012, and this annual figure is expected to increase to 7 million by 2017 – in that time tablet penetration is expected to climb from 22 per cent to 70 per cent in Australia.
  • PC sales have gone into free fall with a 14 per cent drop last year (2011) – the biggest slump in history.
  • HP, the world’s largest PC maker, saw the sharpest decline with 24 per cent fewer machines sold in 2012 compared to 2011.
  • Dell also saw an 11 per cent slump and even Apple, which saw a seven per cent fall, was unable to buck the trend.
  • Research firm IDC said it was the biggest decline overall since it began tracking this data in 1994.
  • Analysts said that ‘the days seem to be numbered for the humble PC’ and that in the future we would all be using portable devices.
  • Even the launch of Windows 8 failed to stop the trend with some saying the negative response to the software may have exacerbated the trend.

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