Digital communications

Research report

27 Nov 2017

Australians are some of the world’s greatest users of social media and mobile broadband, and our nation is in the top ten globally for internet use. At a time when our use of these technologies is increasingly redefining aspects of our personal and professional lives,...

Working paper

24 Nov 2017

The digital divide between Indigenous and other Australians describes the unequal access to information and communications technology (ICT) between these groups. Historically, researchers have focused on acquiring new technology, but we argue that it is important to understand all the dynamics of digital usage, including...


8 Nov 2017

Small countries at the far end of the world cannot afford to lag in technological adaptation, which requires flexible and enabling regulatory environments.

In some areas, New Zealand’s approach is laudable. When Rocket Lab, an aerospace corporation that launches lightweight,...

Draft report

30 Oct 2017

Communication underpins the social and commercial fabric of society. It is essential for all Australians to enable them to undertake daily activities, including maintaining contact with family and friends, and accessing commercial, government, medical and education services. And communication services can be a matter of...

Audio program

22 Oct 2017

5G is the next generation of mobile network and it's currently being trialled in Australia. It's due to be rolled out in 2020, and a new report by Deloitte says it’s more than “just the next mobile upgrade”.

It will deliver faster speeds than...

Annual Report

20 Oct 2017

Note that figures in tables and in the text of this report may be rounded. Figures in the text are generally rounded to one decimal place, while those in tables are generally rounded to the nearest thousand. Discrepancies in tables between totals and sums of...


17 Oct 2017

5G is the next generation of mobile networks. More than an upgrade, 5G will complement the broader network ecosystem, working with the latest mobile networks, and broadband infrastructure to create more seamless connectivity.

Every previous generation of mobile telecommunications networks has brought significant gains...


12 Oct 2017

5G is the next step in the evolution of mobile wireless communications technology, promising improved connectivity, greater network speeds and bandwidth, and very low latency. The government considers that 5G is more than an incremental change for mobile communications. Rather, it will enable the next...

Research report

6 Oct 2017

The rapid growth of the sharing economy in recent years has challenged traditional economies in many countries around the globe. A very prominent example in tourism is the online platform Airbnb that enables people to list, find and book accommodations worldwide with more than 3...


29 Sep 2017

The Parliamentary Joint Committee on the National Broadband Network (the committee) was established on 14 September 2016, pursuant to the agreement of the House of Representatives and the Senate, to inquire into and report on the rollout of the National Broadband Network.

The committee's...


27 Sep 2017

Technology has impacted upon creative work and its associated industries in different ways. Digital Culture, a major longitudinal study of arts and cultural organisations usage of technology in England, charts trends in this area over 2013-2017. It looks at how organisations use digital technology in...

Working paper

20 Sep 2017

This working paper is the first publication coming out of a project investigating the role of VET in developing digital skills in the Australian workforce, using two sectors as case studies - Transport and Logistics, and Public Safety and Correctional Services. An analysis of online...

Discussion paper

11 Sep 2017

The ACMA’s Five-year spectrum outlook 2016–20 (FYSO), released in October 2016, sought feedback on a number of issues surrounding mobile broadband use of bands above 24.25 GHz—referred to as mmWave bands.

To further progress consideration of the mmWave bands, the ACMA hosted a spectrum...

Discussion paper

11 Sep 2017

The Northern Territory Government is seeking input for the development of a Digital Territory Strategy. This discussion paper has been prepared to guide feedback and to continue the conversation with government on where we all should focus our efforts.

In this digital age reliance...

Policy report

3 Sep 2017

The first Digital Brisbane strategy launched in 2013, before ride-sharing services were commonplace, and when social media was still free. Small business owners didn’t know how they were going to be affected by technology and disruption, and the Australian entrepreneurial push was in its infancy....


7 Aug 2017

If you think it isn’t long since your smartphone started using 4G, you’re right. Telstra, Optus and Vodafone switched on their networks between 2011 and 2013. Adoption was rapid. By the end of 2014, 40 per cent of Australia’s mobile customers were using 4G, although...


21 Jul 2017

An Australian Tax Office (ATO) staffer recently leaked on LinkedIn a step-by-step guide to hacking a smartphone.

The documents, which have since been removed, indicate that the ATO has access to Universal Forensic Extraction software made by the Israeli company Cellebrite. This technology is...

Discussion paper

20 Jul 2017

This ASIC Enforcement Review Taskforce position paper outlines reforms to enhance ASIC’s access to telephone intercepts for the investigation and prosecution of serious corporate law offences.

Commonwealth legislation prohibits access to material sourced from live stream communications over a telecommunications service and sets out...

Journal article

12 Jul 2017

What can social media tell us about our patrons? We look at Yik Yak through the lens of library ethnography, suggesting that anonymous social media can reveal not only complaints and commentary about library services and spaces, but also uncover students’ emotional and social experience...


10 Jul 2017

In this era of unprecedented digital surveillance and widespread political upheaval, the data stored on our cell phones, laptops, and especially our online services are a magnet for government actors seeking to track citizens, journalists, and activists.

In 2016, the United States government sent...