3106.0 - Demography News, Sep 2003  
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From June 2003, the table structure in the monthly ABS publication Overseas Arrivals and Departures, Australia (cat. no. 3401.0) has been modified to accompany processing and publication changes. In particular, the publication tables have been re-ordered and renamed to be more meaningful to readers. The time periods shown in some tables have also been re-formatted. Progressive monthly aggregations of original estimates within calendar and financial years to the current month have been discontinued. This is because it was found that analysis and interpretation of trends over time using these aggregations may lead to statistically biased conclusions. Accordingly, tables now contain yearly totals for the last two calendar and financial years, the most recently completed quarter and the same quarter last year, and the most recent two months and the same months last year.

Changes have also been made to Overseas Arrivals and Departures AusStats time series spreadsheets. AusStats time series spreadsheets that accompany Overseas Arrivals and Departures, Australia (cat. no. 3401.0) have been re-formatted to reflect the table structure of the publication. AusStats time series spreadsheets that contain preliminary data have been re-categorised to accompany the electronic publication, Short-term Visitor Arrivals to Australia, Preliminary (cat. no. 3401.0.55.001).

For more information please contact Olivia Agius on (02) 6252 5640 or olivia.agius@abs.gov.au