The Australian Communications and Media Authority's (ACMA) latest research snapshot Regional Australians Online gives a great insight into how Australians in different regions access and use communications.

3 May 2016
Regional Australians Online: Key highlights from ACMA research

The Australian Communications and Media Authority's (ACMA) latest research snapshot Regional Australians Online gives a great insight into how Australians in different regions access and use communications.

Key highlights from the snapshot include:

  • 80% of adult Australians in non-urban areas have a broadband connection at home.
  • The number of Australians living in non-urban areas with a home broadband connection has increased 19 per cent since June 2011, an increase higher than any other geographic area of Australia.
  • While the percentage of non-urban Australians who use the internet via mobile phone has more than doubled between 2011 and 2015 to increase by 21 per cent, this was below the national average growth of 34 per cent.
  • Approximately 10 per cent of Australians in urban and non-urban areas have never accessed the internet, much higher than the four per cent of capital city residents who reported never having accessed the internet.

The full report is available on the ACMA's website.