Digital uptake had increased from 56% of households to 61% by December.
“The number of Australian households to convert to digital TV increased by 14 percentage points during 2009, and by five percentage points during the last quarter of 2009,” Communications Minister Senator Conroy said.
“It’s great to see so many Australian households taking advantage of digital TV and enjoying new channels and additional content, along with better picture and sound quality.
“Digital switchover is important as it will also free-up spectrum which can be used for the delivery of new and improved broadcasting and communications services, such as high speed broadband.”
A further 78% of households have indicated they know how to convert to digital.
The results follow a call this week to extend the date of the switchover, as analogue will be given the flick in the Mildura region soon.
But Executive Director of the Digital Switchover Taskforce, Andy Townend said, “In Mildura Sunraysia, which will be the first region in Australia to go digital-only on 30 June, 79 per cent of households had converted to digital TV by the end of 2009, which was an increase of nine percentage points over the year.
“The Digital Switchover Taskforce is working closely with communities across Australia to ensure they are prepared for the digital switchover when it occurs in their area.
“Regional South Australia and Broken Hill will follow Mildura Sunraysia in the second half of 2010 in switching over to digital TV.
“Awareness of switchover was very high in the Spencer Gulf, Riverland and Mt Gambier and the southeast of South Australia, and Broken Hill regions with 64 per cent of households already converted by the end of 2009.”
More info on switching to digital can be found here.