December 2000: Changes to New Zealand passport format
The format of New Zealand passport numbers changed in December 2000 causing a recent decline in preliminary estimates of short-term visitor arrivals from New Zealand and subsequent increasing discrepancy between preliminary and final data. As the number of new and renewed passports issued to New Zealanders increased, the number of New Zealand movements as recorded by TRIPS, declined.
To resolve the problem, DIMIA has modified the reporting system to identify both kinds of passports. DIMIA have supplied the ABS with correct New Zealand TRIPS backdated to December 2000. The correct data supplied by DIMIA was used in the TRIPS model by the ABS in March 2003, with the updated preliminary estimates of New Zealand visitors published in the February 2003 issue of Overseas Arrivals and Departures, Australia (cat. no. 3401.0).