Measuring Australia’s Digital Divide The Australian Digital Inclusion Index 2016 Powered by Roy Morgan Research
Contents Forewords 3 Acknowledgements 4 Key Findings 5 Introduction 6 Findings
Australia: The National Picture
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory
1. The Digital Age Project
2. Wired [email protected]
3. NT Cyber Safety Project
4. Tech Savvy Seniors
5. The Royal Institute For Deaf And Blind Children (RIDBC) Teleschool
Conclusion 31 Appendix
Who We Are: About the Project Partners
About this report Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the partner organisations.
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Suggested citation: Thomas, J, Barraket, J, Ewing, S, MacDonald, T, Mundell, M & Tucker, J 2016, Measuring Australia’s Digital Divide: The Australian Digital Inclusion Index 2016, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, for Telstra.
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DOI: www.dx.doi.org/10.4225/50/57A7D17127384 For more information about the ADII, and a full set of data tables, see www.digitalinclusionindex.org.au
Measuring Australia’s Digital Divide: Australian Digital Inclusion Index 2016
Swinburne University of Technology
A digital divide exists in Australia, and with it comes the risk of deepening social, economic, and cultural inequalities. As digital technologies become ever-more central to public and private life, the disadvantages of not being connected increase.
ln today’s world, being connected is now an integral part of life, and Australians increasingly spend a large proportion of their time online.
In higher and further education, online access and skills are essential to our goal of extending opportunity to all Australians, wherever they live. University teaching was once contained within a physical campus, but that’s no longer the case. Swinburne University of Technology is committed to providing educational opportunities to Australians everywhere. But to make the most of our extraordinary human potential, it is essential to have both widely accessible and affordable communications, and good technology skills. The Australian Digital Inclusion Index (ADII) is the outcome of a productive partnership between Swinburne researchers, Telstra, and Roy Morgan Research. The Index will make a major contribution to our understanding of the digital divide, and our capacity to address it. It will benefit policy makers, businesses, and the community sector, and all those with an interest in improving communications in Australia.
Yet even as digital technologies play an increasingly central and empowering role in our lives, there remains a significant