Finder's internet speed test compatability:
- Works for all connection types (NBN, ADSL, wireless internet, mobile)
- Results in under 30 seconds
- Compatible with all internet providers
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 tier||Average speeds||Poor speeds|
|Basic II (NBN 25)||15–22Mbps||0–15Mbps|
|Standard (NBN 50)||30–40Mbps||0–30Mbps|
|Fast (NBN 100)||60–85Mbps||0–60Mbps|
|Superfast (NBN 250)||110–150Mbps||0–150Mbps|
If your results are sitting in the "poor" range for your speed tier, you may not be getting what you pay for.
You should also have a word with your NBN provider if your speeds during the busy hours of the day (7-11pm) don't match the typical evening speeds averstised on their plan. If they can't sort you out it might to time for a switch.
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:
Want to know how other providers performed? You can check out the ACCC's report for more information on the latest results.
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:
Learn more about Australia's internet speed statistics.
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 tier||Typical evening speed||Number of users at one time||Activity|
|NBN 12 (Home Basic I)||At least 8Mpbs and up to 12Mbps||1 person|
|NBN 25 (Home Basic II)||At least 17Mbps and up to 25Mpbs||1–2 people|
|NBN 50 (Home Standard)||At least 35Mbps and up to 50Mbps||2–3 people|
|NBN 100 (Home Fast)||At least 70Mbps and up to 100Mbps||4 or more people|
|NBN 250 (Home Superfast)||At least 183Mbps up to 250Mbps||5 or more people|
If you're consistently having trouble with your internet speed, you can contact your provider to submit a complaint or consider switching internet providers.
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