Australian Bureau of Statistics
3401.0 - Overseas Arrivals and Departures, Australia, Feb 2010 Quality Declaration
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 07/04/2010
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The following table presents the top ten source countries (based on original estimates) for short-term visitor arrivals during February 2010. When trend estimates for short-term visitor arrivals for February 2010 and February 2009 were compared, the highest percentage increase was recorded by the United States of America (9.9%). The highest percentage decrease was recorded by Hong Kong (6.0%).
'What if'....? Future scenarios
The most recent trend estimates for short-term visitor arrivals are likely to be revised when the next month's seasonally adjusted estimates become available. To assist in analysing these movement trends, the approximate effects of two possible scenarios on the previous trend estimate of short-term visitor arrivals is presented:
2 The March 2010 seasonally adjusted estimate of visitor arrivals is 2.8% lower than February 2010.
The figure of 2.8% for visitor arrivals represents the average absolute monthly percentage change for visitor arrivals over the last ten years. For further information on the effect of new seasonally adjusted estimates on short-term visitor arrival trend estimates see paragraph 27 of the Explanatory Notes.
SHORT-TERM RESIDENT DEPARTURES
In trend terms, short-term resident departures from Australia during February 2010 (554,400 movements) increased 0.2% when compared with January 2010 (553,600 movements). Currently, short-term resident departures are 17.7% higher than in February 2009. Note that trend breaks were introduced from April 2009.
The following table presents the top ten source countries (based on original estimates) for short-term resident departures during February 2010. Due to the breaks in series, care should be excercised when comparing year on year percentage change in the following table (see footnote (a) in the table for more information).
'What if'....? Future scenarios
The most recent trend estimates for short-term resident departures are likely to be revised when the next month's seasonally adjusted estimates become available. To assist in analysing these movement trends, the approximate effects of two possible scenarios on the previous trend estimate of short-term resident departures is presented:
2 The March 2010 seasonally adjusted estimate of resident departures is 2.9% lower than February 2010.
The figure of 2.9% for resident departures represents the average absolute monthly percentage change for resident departures over the last ten years. For further information on the effect of new seasonally adjusted estimates on short-term resident departure trend estimates see paragraph 27 of the Explanatory Notes.
PERMANENT AND LONG-TERM MOVEMENTS
Statistics on overseas arrivals and departures relate to the number of movements of travellers rather than the number of travellers. Care should be taken when using permanent and long-term movements data as it is known that some individuals who travel multiple times in a year are counted each time they cross Australia's borders. For example in the financial year 2006-07 there were over 10 million multiple movements accounting for 44% of all movements (see paragraph 5 of the Explanatory Notes). Permanent and long-term movements in this publication are not an appropriate source of migration statistics. For further information refer to Australian Demographic Statistics (cat. no. 3101.0) and Information Paper: Statistical Implications of Improved Methods for Estimating Net Overseas Migration, Australia, 2007 (cat. no. 3107.0.55.005).
There were 12,320 permanent (settler) arrivals to Australia during February 2010, a decrease of 11.8% compared with February 2009 (13,960 movements). People born in New Zealand accounted for the largest proportion of settlers (14.7%), followed by people born in China (13.4%), India (10.5%) and the UK, CIs & IOM (9.7%).
There were 6,680 Australian residents who departed permanently from Australia during February 2010, an increase of 18.9% compared with February 2009 (5,620 movements).
The above presentation of movements in estimates does not take into account whether the change in movement is statistically significant. Care should be taken when interpreting the impact of numeric and/or percentage change. Please see the Standard Errors section of this issue for more detail.
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