Australian Bureau of Statistics
3401.0.55.001 - Short-term Visitor Arrival Estimates, Australia, May 2004
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 15/06/2004
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2 These estimates provide an early indication of short-term visitor arrival movements for the reference month prior to final data becoming available. Final estimates are published in the ABS monthly publication, Overseas Arrivals and Departures, Australia (cat. no. 3401.0).
3 From June 1997 until May 2003, early estimates for short-term visitor arrivals (termed 'preliminary' estimates) were published in the monthly publication, Overseas Arrivals and Departures, Australia (cat. no. 3401.0). The decision to produce this monthly electronic release of early modelled estimates followed feedback on the ABS Demography Working Paper 2003/4 - A New Dissemination Strategy for Overseas Arrival and Departure Statistics. From June 2003 until December 2003, this publication was titled Short-term Visitor Arrivals to Australia, Preliminary (cat. no. 3401.0.55.001).
5 Final estimates of short-term visitor arrivals are based on incoming passenger cards, completed by persons arriving in Australia. Length of stay data, which are used to categorise travellers, are based on declared intentions rather than actual events. More information about the methodology underlying final estimates of short-term visitor arrivals (including information about estimation, standard errors and data quality issues) can be found in Overseas Arrivals and Departures, Australia (cat. no. 3401.0).
6 The statistics in this publication relate to the number of movements of travellers rather than the number of travellers (i.e. multiple movements of individual persons during a given reference period are each counted separately). The statistics exclude the movements of operational air and ships' crew, of transit passengers who pass through Australia but are not cleared for entry, and of passengers on pleasure cruises commencing and finishing in Australia aboard ships not then engaged on regular voyages. Similarly, these statistics exclude those persons not travelling under standard visa conditions, that is, unauthorised arrivals.
9 The relationship between TRIPS and passenger card data is not sufficiently stable to produce estimates of a publishable standard for countries other than those in table 2 of this publication.
10 The statistics in this publication have been rounded to the nearest 100. The sums of the components may, due to rounding, not add exactly to totals. Analysis is based on unrounded data and therefore calculations made on rounded data may differ from those published.
11 Seasonally adjusted and trend estimates of short-term overseas visitor arrivals are shown in table 1 of the main features.
20 Related statistics are also published by the Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs, the Department of Industry, Tourism and Resources and the Bureau of Tourism Research.
21 Current publications and other products produced by the ABS are listed in the Catalogue of Publications and Products, Australia (cat. no. 1101.0). The Catalogue is available from any ABS office or the ABS web site. The ABS also issues a daily Release Advice on the web site which details the products to be released in the week ahead.
ADDITIONAL STATISTICS AVAILABLE
22 The range of statistics available from data modelled on passport movements and past arrival trends are limited to what has been included in this publication.
23 A wider range of variables are available for final data including;
Country of birth
Age (Date of birth)
Marital status (not available for Australian or New Zealand citizens)
Category of travel
State of intended address/lived
Main reason for journey
Country of residence
State or territory of intended address on arrival
State or territory in which most time spent on departure
Country spent/intend to spend most time abroad
State or territory of intended address/state or territory lived
Country of embarkation/disembarkation
Airport/Port of arrival/departure
Intention to live in Australia for next 12 months (not available for short-term movements)
24 This publication draws extensively on information provided by DIMIA. This continued cooperation is very much appreciated; without it, the statistics published would not be available. Information received by the ABS is treated in strict confidence as required by the Census and Statistics Act 1905.
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