IT adoption has slowed: ABS

Australian business has slowed it adoption of information technology, according to figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

In fact no growth occurred in the proportion of businesses using a computer (84 per cent of all businesses) in the 12 months to June 2002.

Access to the Internet by Australian businesses increased a mere 3 per cent to 72 per cent while the proportion of businesses with a Web presence increased only 2 per cent to 24 per cent.

This small growth was attributed to the adoption of these technologies by small business.

The method of Internet access varied across business size. For example, access to the Internet through a dial-up modem was more prevalent in businesses employing up to 4 people (88 per cent), compared to large businesses employing 100 people or more (46 per cent).

During 2001-02, 25 per cent of all Australian businesses placed orders over the Internet or Web, compared to 20 per cent in the previous year.

In contrast, the number of Australian businesses receiving orders for goods or services via these mediums declined from 9 per cent to 6 per cent.

Despite a decline in the number of businesses receiving orders for goods or services via the Web, the estimated Internet income earned by Australian businesses increased by $1.9 billion to $11.3 billion in 2001-02. This represented 0.8 per cent of total business income during 2001-02.

The ABS figures also recorded security incidents with 41 per cent of businesses reporting a breach. At 38 per cent viruses were the most common IT security breach reported.

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