Socioeconomic outcome area 17

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have access to information and services enabling participation in informed decision-making regarding their own lives

TARGET 17

By 2026, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have equal levels of digital inclusion.

Nationally in 2014-15, 73.5 per cent of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 15 years and over accessed the internet in their home (table CtG17.1).

There are no comparable data on home access to the internet for non-Indigenous people. This means that estimating a trajectory to achieve parity is not currently possible.

There are no new data since the baseline year of 2014-15.

Target data specifications

Target 17: People have equal levels of digital inclusion

Outcome:

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have access to information and services enabling participation in informed decision-making regarding their own lives.

Target:

By 2026, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have equal levels of digital inclusion.

Comparable data on non-Indigenous people are currently not available. This means that there is currently no target or indicative trajectory to achieve parity.

Indicator:

Proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 15 years and over who have accessed the internet at home in the last 12 months.

Measure:

The measure is defined as:

Numerator — number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 15 years and over who have accessed the internet at home in the last 12 months

Denominator — total number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the population aged 15 years and over

and is presented as a percentage.

Target established:

National Agreement on Closing the Gap April 2021

Latest dashboard update:

23 June 2021

Indicator type:

Target

Interpretation of change:

A high or increasing proportion is desirable. An increase from the baseline year is an improvement.

Data source(s):

Name: ABS National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (NATSISS)

Frequency: Periodic

Documentation (links): https://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/Lookup/ by%20Subject/4714.0~2014-15~Main%20Features~Key%20findings~1

Data provider:

Provider name: Australian Bureau of Statistics

Provider area: Centre for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Statistics

Baseline year:

2014-15

Target year:

2026

Disaggregations:

State and territory and Australia.

Computation:

Numerator divided by Denominator multiplied by 100

Counting rules

Data are for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who were usual residents of private dwellings in Australia.

Geographical variables are based on the location of the household.

Includes (numerator):

  • people who have accessed the internet at home in the last 12 months.

Excludes (numerator):

  • people who did not access the internet at home
  • people who did not access the internet in the last 12 months
  • people who did not know if they had accessed the internet in the last 12 months.

Supporting calculations

  • Confidence intervals.

See the How to interpret data for further information: https://www.pc.gov.au/closing-the-gap-data/how-to/interpret-data.

Extraction

TableBuilder – Age group – 15 years and over (Person level) X State or Territory (Household level) X Whether accessed internet at home in last 12 months (Person level)

Data quality considerations:

See NATSISS explanatory notes for further information: https://www.abs.gov.au/ ausstats/abs@.nsf/Latestproducts/4714.0Explanatory%20Notes12014-15?opendocument&tabname=Notes&prodno=4714.0&issue=2014-15

Data values have been randomly adjusted using perturbation to avoid the release of confidential data. Discrepancies may occur between sums of the component items and totals.

Estimates that have a relative standard error between 25 per cent and 50 per cent should be used with caution. Estimates with a relative standard error of 50 per cent or more are considered too unreliable for general use.

Future reporting:

Additional disaggregations required for future reporting:

  • Remoteness areas and other small geographic areas (where available)
  • Socioeconomic status of the locality
  • Disability status
  • Gender
  • Age group.

Supporting indicators

Driver

  • Levels of digital inclusion among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as compared with other Australians
    Disaggregated by access, affordability and digital ability
  • Proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander households accessing the internet
  • Proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people accessing the internet
    Disaggregated by point of access: home, work, school, public access, government shopfront
  • Frequency of internet access at home in last 12 months
    Daily, weekly, monthly, yearly
  • Proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people using internet to access government services for private purposes
    For example, health services, taxation, bill payments, social security payments
  • Number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people employed in media
    Disaggregated by income levels

Contextual information

  • Number and location of community broadcast licenses with an Indigenous interest
  • Number and location of broadcast transmitters

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