Young Aussies dumping landlines, says ACMA

Young Australians are increasingly choosing not to sign up for a fixed-line service when they move out of home, relying instead on their mobile phones.


Fixed-line penetration is at just 60% among 18-24 year olds living in shared houses, compared to 96% of those aged 65-69, according to the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).


Just 75% of all 18-24 year olds a have a fixed phone at home. Yet mobile penetration in this demographic is among the highest in the country, running at 92%.


Young single parents are less likely to have a landline than married couples with children, as well as those who live alone.


"Younger adults are leading Australia's shift away from fixed-line communications, with many choosing not to connect a fixed-line phone in their new residence when they move out of the parental home," said ACMA chairman Chris Chapman.