Category of movement
Category of movement for overseas arrivals and departures is classified according to length of stay (in Australia or overseas), recorded in months and days by travellers on passenger cards. There are three main categories of movement:
A significant number of travellers (i.e. overseas visitors to Australia on arrival and Australian residents going abroad) state exactly 12 months or one year as their intended period of stay. Many of them stay for less than that period and on their departure from, or return to, Australia are therefore classified as short-term. Accordingly in an attempt to maintain consistency between arrivals and departures, movements of travellers who report their actual or intended period of stay as being one year exactly are randomly allocated to long-term or short-term, in proportion to the number of movements of travellers who report their actual length of stay as up to one month more, or one month less, than one year.
- permanent movements
- long-term movements
- short-term movements.
Country of residence
Country of residence refers to the country in which travellers regard themselves as living or as last having lived.
Short-term visitor arrivals
Short-term visitor arrivals are overseas visitors whose intended stay in Australia is less than 12 months.