OVERSEAS ARRIVALS AND DEPARTURES
The Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs (DIMA) has advised that data from its new processing system should now arrive at the ABS by October 2001. DIMA has informed the ABS that it plans to process the backlog of passenger card data (from August 2000 onwards) at the rate of 3 reference months per calendar month.
In accordance with these plans, the ABS intends to publish this backlog of data in quarterly supplementary publications. These supplementary publications will be made available free of charge to subscribers to Overseas Arrivals and Departures, Australia (Cat. No. 3401.0). Each quarterly supplement will contain the tables that appear in Overseas Arrivals and Departures, Australia (Cat. No. 3401.0), for each of the 3 reference months of the quarter. The July - September 2000 supplementary publication should be released in December 2001. These supplements containing quarterly data will continue to be published at the rate of one quarter per month until the backlog of Overseas Arrivals and Departures data has been published. AusStats time series data will be updated in accordance with the release of the quarterly supplements.
In addition, preliminary estimates of short term visitor arrivals will continue to be published in the main publication of Overseas Arrivals and Departures, Australia (Cat. No. 3401.0).