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Returned Australian Travellers (Survey of)
 
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    NAME OF ORGANISATION
    Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)

    OVERVIEW
    The Survey of Returned Australian Travellers (SORAT) is a sample survey conducted every 5-8 years by mail and includes approximately 600 individuals per month. It collects information on expenditure by Australian travellers abroad and any income earned. These data are required to compile accurate balance of payments statistics on travel debits.

    PURPOSE
    The SORAT surveys a sample of Australian travellers returning from overseas travel. It collects the purpose of the travel, their expenditure and any income, while overseas. The survey is used to compile an average per capita expenditure (PCE) of Australian residents while overseas. This PCE is then multiplied by overseas arrivial data contained in Overseas Arrivals and Departures, Australia (ABS Cat. No. 3401.0, 3402.0 and 3404.0) to produce a estimate of other travel debits for the balance of payments.

    SCOPE
    The scope of the SORAT covers expenditure by Australian travellers abroad and any income earned whilst abraod. A sample survey is conducted by mail and includes approximately 600 individuals per month (a 1 in 300 sample).

    DATA DETAIL

    Conceptual framework
    The conceptual framework used in Australia's Balance of Payment, including the SORAT is substantially based on the framework provided by the International Monetary Fund's "Balance of Payments Manual" (fourth edition, 1978).

    Details of the SORAT and its place in the balance of payments are covered in Balance of Payments and International Investment Position, Australia Concepts,Sources and Methods (ABS Cat No 5331.0).

    Main outputs
    Results of SORAT are incorporated into estimates published in:

    International Trade in Goods and Services, Australia (ABS Cat No. 5368.0)
    Balance of Payments and International Investment Position, Australia (ABS Cat No. 5302.0)
    Balance of Payments, Australia, Regional Series (ABS Cat No. 5338.0)

    Classifications
    Country Classification
    Expenditure on trip
    Income earned while abroad
    Purpose of Trip

    Other concepts (summary)
    Not applicable

    GEOGRAPHIC DETAIL
    Australia
    New South Wales
    Victoria
    Queensland
    South Australia
    Western Australia
    Tasmania
    Northern Territory
    ACT

    Comments and/or Other Regions
    Residents of Norfolk Island and other external territories of Australia are regarded as non-residents.

    COLLECTION FREQUENCY
    Other

    Frequency comments
    Survey is run every 5-8 years.

    COLLECTION HISTORY
    The SORAT survey commenced in respect of July 1991 and was run monthly for the succeeding 12 months, covering the 1991-92 financial and year. The survey was re-run for the 12 months of the 1995-96 finanical year.

    DATA AVAILABILITY
    No

    Data availability comments
    Data from the collection is not published separately. Rather, data from the collection is combined with data from other sources to enable estimates of the travel debits item in the balance of payments.


    DATE OF LAST UPDATE FOR THIS DOCUMENT
    18/12/2006 03:02 PM



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