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Internet speed test

Check your internet speed test in 30 seconds to make sure you’re getting what you pay for.

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What do your results mean?

Now that your download speed test results have come through, here's how you can workout if they're any good.

Depending on which NBN speed tier you're signed up to, the average speeds to expect are as follows:

NBN speed tierAverage speedsPoor speeds
Basic I (NBN 12)10–12Mbps0–10Mbps
Basic II (NBN 25)20-25Mbps0–202Mbps
Standard (NBN 50)40–50Mbps0–40Mbps
Fast (NBN 100)90–100Mbps0–90Mbps
Superfast (NBN 250)240-250Mbps0–30Mbps
Ultrafast (NBN 1000)300-800Mbps0–300Mbps

What if your speeds aren't great?

If your results are sitting in the "poor" range for your speed tier, you may not be getting what you pay for. You have 2 options:

  1. Make sure your house is set up right. You might need to move your router, or find new ways to use the net more efficiently. Watch the video below for more on that.
  2. Call your NBN provider and see if they can help. If they can't, consider switching internet providers.

How do I speed up my internet? (video)

Which internet provider offers the fastest speed in Australia?

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) releases a broadband performance report 4 times a year.

The ACCC tests NBN connections during the busiest hours of the day (7–11pm). A score of 100% means a provider reaches its advertised speeds 100% of the time.

The top 3 providers that have performed the best in the latest report are:

Source: ACCC's Broadband performance data for March 2024. Prices are based on 50Mbps plans.

What is the average speed of internet in Australia?

According to our speed test data, the average download speed in Australia ranges from 41.7Mbps to 51.2Mbps.

Here's a look at how the average speeds vary between different states and territories:

Are you happy with your internet speed?

45% of Australians are somewhat satisfied with their broadband speeds, according to our consumer sentiment tracker (November 2023). Tasmanians had the highest number of people very satisfied with their internet speed (32%). Somewhat surprisingly, 29% of people in regional locations were extremely satisfied with their internet speeds compared to only 25% in metro areas.

Learn more about Australia's internet speed statistics.

What's the right internet speed for me?

This will depend on the type of activities you need to carry out online. For a single person, we'd recommend 25Mbps at least.

If you have multiple people in your household that are online simulatanesouly on most days, you'll want to sign up to a plan with faster speeds. Since the pandemic, our internet habits have definitely changed. It also coincides with a growing dependence on technology such as Google Home or Alexa that requires a Wi-Fi connection.

This is why the NBN, and as a result providers, are pushing faster internet speeds at cheaper prices and increasing the cost to households for entry level and mid-tier broadband speeds.

To help you figure out the right internet speed for you, we've laid out a range of typical evening speeds available across each NBN speed tier as per Finder's database. The key takeaway here is that it is possible to get the maximum available speed across each tier so don't settle unless you notice a massive difference in price.

Speed tierTypical evening speedNumber of users at one timeActivity
NBN 12 (Home Basic I)At least 8Mpbs and up to 12Mbps1 person
  • Sending emails and general browsing
  • Wi-Fi calling
NBN 25 (Home Basic II)At least 17Mbps and up to 25Mpbs1–2 people
  • Sending emails and browsing
  • Social media and music streaming
  • SD video streaming
NBN 50 (Home Standard)At least 35Mbps and up to 50Mbps2–3 people
  • Sending emails and browsing
  • Social media and music streaming
  • HD video streaming (1080p)
  • Video conferencing
  • Gaming
NBN 100 (Home Fast)At least 70Mbps and up to 100Mbps4 or more people
  • Sending emails and browsing
  • Social media and music streaming
  • HD video streaming (4K)
  • Video conferencing
  • Gaming
  • Large downloads
NBN 250 (Home Superfast)At least 183Mbps up to 250Mbps5 - 10 People
  • Sending emails and browsing
  • Social media and music streaming
  • HD video streaming (4K and 8K)
  • Video conferencing
  • Faster gaming
  • Large downloads and faster uploads
NBN 1000 (Home Ultrafast)At least 830Mbps up to 844Mbps5 or more peopleHonestly? Whatever you want. Ultrafast internet is great for lots of everything.

In a smaller household, 35Mbps will be fine. If you're working from home, aim towards 70Mbps as a minimum. In a big family or if you're always working with big files, think superfast and look for 120Mbps+ if you can get it.

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