The Bureau of Communications, Arts and Regional Research (BCARR) within the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications has estimated the economic contribution of cultural and creative activity in Australia over a 10 year period, from 2008–09 to 2017–18. The explanatory notes provided in this document should be used in reference to the tables and figures shown in the BCARR visual summary document: Cultural and creative activity in Australia, 2008–09 to 2017–18.
Advances in communications technologies are transforming Australia’s economy. Digitalisation—the use of digital technologies to transform business activities—is giving businesses greater connectivity and efficiency through new communication channels, data management systems and an increased online presence. These activities are found across all sectors of the economy.
In this paper, the Bureau of Communications and Arts Research (BCAR) seeks to estimate bandwidth demand for premises in Australia based on how people use the internet. This can help to inform how Australia’s broadband infrastructure is meeting current demand and future bandwidth requirements.
In 2017, the Bureau of Communications and Arts Research found that the affordability of communications services in Australia had improved overall. In general, consumers were getting better value as prices stayed the same or fell, while product inclusions (such as data) increased. This paper updates and extends that analysis.