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Canberrans the most switched on
12, is not alone
when it comes
time on his
The ACT is home to Australia s most
internet-connected citizens, who also
spend the most amount of time online,
new Australian Bureau of Statistics
Helped by a small and centralised
population, 94 per cent of Canberrans
have internet at home, well above the
national average of 86 per cent.
While the ACT rates highly on the
measure of internet access at home,
concerns around access tend to
surround disparity of speed between
ACT homes used an average of six
devices to access the internet in
2014-15, again above other states and
territories, but only slightly.
For Australian households with
children under 15, the average number
of devices to access the internet was
seven, while for homes without it was
For the first time, the bureau used its
household use of information
technology report to measure how
much time people were spending
People in the ACT spent an average
of 11 hours per week online at home,
above the other states and territories
but only just.
For Australians in general, that
number jumped to 18 hours a week for
15-17 year olds, dropping to seven
hours a week for over-65s.
Children and teenagers were shown
to be a real driver of internet access.
Nationwide, 97 per cent of homes
with children under 15 were internet
connected, compared to 82 per cent of
homes without children under 15.
Hamish Insley, 12, uses his
computer every day to access the
internet, and he also uses an iPad, a
phone and an Xbox, but not as often.
That, together with other family
devices, puts him at the national
Hamish s mother puts limits on his
use, which he agrees is a good idea. "If
you did too much then you can not be
social, go outside and all of that," he
About 96.8 per cent of Canberrans
are connected through either a desktop
or laptop computer, while 87 per cent
had access through mobile.
For the first time in 10 years, the
bureau reported on reasons why
Australians didn t have internet at
home, of which there were 1.3 million
Of the 9000 Canberra homes
without internet access, 3600 said they
had no need, 3200 said they lacked the
confidence or knowledge, 1900 said
the cost and about 600 said it was
because of privacy concerns.
Kingston and Narrabundah are home to the
capital s least immunised children, but ACT
parents overall are among the most likely to
immunise, new figures reveal.
Overall, the ACT is topped only by
Murrumbidgee, NSW, and the Hunter and
Central Coast, NSW, in Australia s three most
The capital has the highest rates of
immunisation rate in the country for one-year-
olds, at 92.9 per cent, the National Health
Performance Authority reports.
North Coast NSW recorded the lowest, with
87.7 per cent.
More than 91 per cent of the ACT s two-
year-olds and five-year-olds are immunised,
leaving 1256 children not immunised.
North Coast NSW again recorded the lowest
rate for two-year-olds, with 86.2 per cent.
While it has some of the highest rates of
immunisation in Australia, the figures revealed
some territory parents don t immunise their
The figures show 404 one-year-olds, 474
two-year-olds and 378 five-year-olds were not
fully immunised in the year 2014-15. All
increased on the year before, but the number of
two-year-olds the most, with a jump of more
Kingston and Narrabundah (postcode 2604)
had the lowest rates of immunisation for one-
year-olds in Canberra, at 85.7 per cent. For two-
year-olds it was 77 per cent, making the
postcode s rates among Australia s lowest.
Lyons, Chifley, Phillip, Braddon, Campbell
and Turner had the next lowest rates.
The capital ranked first in Australia for the
rate of immunised Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Island children, at 92.9 per cent.
The Gungahlin and Belconnen regions
featured in the top 10 for immunisation
Australia-wide rates for one-year-olds, at 94.4
per cent and 94.3 per cent respectively.
Assistant Health Minister Meegan Fitzharris
said this was a particularly good result, because
of the many young families that choose to live
in these areas.
But she reminded parents of staying up-to-
date with their children s vaccinations.
While this report highlights many positive
results for the ACT, there is always room for
improvement, and the beginning of the school
year is a good time for parents to ensure
children are up-to-date with all their
Ms Fitzharris also reminded parents of the
importance of vaccinations, which she said
have been repeatedly demonstrated to be one
of the most effective interventions for
protecting children from the devastating effects
of vaccine preventable disease .
At suburb level, Fadden, Gowrie and
Monash were among Australia s top 10 most
immunised suburbs, with a 98 per cent rate of
Crace, Mitchell and and Gungahlin joined
those three to be among the ACT s most
The capital didn t record a significant change
in immunisation rates from 2013-14 to
Conversely, country South Australia
recorded an 8.2 per cent drop.
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