The growth in both computer and Internet access accelerated in 2000 making Australia the third highest per capita user of the Internet behind Sweden and the US.
The ABS said that the number of homes with Internet access jumped by 793,000 or 52% in 2000, compared with 454,000 (42%) the previous year.
Home computer access grew by 439,000 (13%) compared with 284,000 (9%) in 1999.
The ABS said 53% of all households now have a computer, while 33% of all homes are hooked up to the Internet.
The survey also found that 61% of all households have access to a mobile phone in 2000, up from 45% two years earlier.
Home Internet use in 2000 was most popular for e-mail or chat rooms (68%), general browsing (57%) and finding work-related information (36%). Only 26% used the Internet to find information on goods and services.
The survey also found that 61% of all households had access to a mobile phone in 2000, up from 45% two years earlier.