3106.0 - Demography News, Jun 2002  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 09/08/2002   
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Associated with the introduction of new passenger card processing arrangements from August 2000, there have been major delays in the provision of final overseas arrivals and departure (OAD) data by the Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs (DIMIA). Because of the use of overseas arrivals and departures data in population estimates which affects state and territory Government funding, DIMIA has given priority to processing passenger cards for July 2001 and subsequent months before finalising processing of earlier months - August 2000 through to June 2001.

ABS has received and published data for July 2001 to March 2002. Data for the September quarter 2000 was be released on 8 August 2002; data for the June quarter 2002 is scheduled for release on 15 August 2002. Further release dates will be advertised when known on the Demography Theme page on this site, and in future issues of Overseas Arrivals and Departures, Australia (Cat. No.3401.0).

The ABS is considering a number of options for the ongoing release of preliminary and final OAD data. These are outlined in the working paper 2002/1 'Overseas Arrivals and Departures Statistics Dissemination Plan' available on the Demography Theme page on the ABS web site <www.abs.gov.au>. Comments on the options contained in the working paper should be directed to Catherine Owen, email catherine.owen@abs.gov.au or telephone (02) 6252 5640 by 15 August 2002.

Because of the delays, Migration, Australia 2000-01 (Cat. No. 3412.0) has been withdrawn from publication. It is proposed to include 2000-01 data in appropriate supplementary tables in the 2001-02 issue of this publication.