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Darwin households lead regional Australia in internet connection.



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The Hon. Tony Burke MP Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

Darwin households lead regional Australia in internet connection

17 April 2008 DAFF08/043B

Northern Territorians living in Darwin are the ‘best connected’ in regional Australia, according to a new economic and social analysis of country areas.

The 2008 Country Matters: Social Atlas of Rural and Regional Australia was launched by the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Tony Burke, today.

The Atlas is an online tool that describes the social and economic trends affecting the lives of the 7.5 million Australians living outside Australia’s capital cities.

“The highest level of household internet connections in regional centres - at 63.4 per cent - was found in the Northern Territory,” Mr Burke said.

“This is not far behind the proportion of households in major urban centres which are connected (66.1 per cent).

“Access to computers and the internet is important for modern businesses and households, including the operation of businesses and farming activities in rural and regional Australia.”

The Atlas also shows:

• Nhulunbuy had the highest level of post-secondary school qualifications in regional Australia - 68.9 per cent compared with the Australian average of 52.5 per cent

• the remote Northern Territory recorded some of the lowest levels of unemployment (less than 2.5 per cent) • the largest increase in the numbers of young people occurred in Northern Territory small towns (18.3 per cent) and • the largest decline in numbers of young people occurred in NT rural

areas (19.2 per cent).

The Atlas primarily draws on data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ 2006, 2001 and 1996 Population Census.

The Atlas has been developed by the Bureau of Rural Sciences, within the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

To use the Atlas online visit www.brs.gov.au/socialatlas