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3401.0 - Overseas Arrivals and Departures, Australia, Mar 2007  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 09/05/2007   
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MARCH KEY FIGURES

Mar '07
Feb '07 to Mar '07
Mar '06 to Mar '07
'000
% change
% change

Short-term visitor arrivals
Trend
485.9
0.8
5.4
Seasonally adjusted
502.9
7.6
. .
Original
524.2
. .
. .
Short-term resident departures
Trend(a)
427.4
0.3
7.7
Seasonally adjusted
440.7
7.0
. .
Original
422.5
. .
. .

. . not applicable
(a) Break in trend series from December 2006.

Visitor arrivals, Short-term
Graph: Visitor arrivals, Short-term

Resident departures, Short-term
Graph: Resident departures, Short-term



MARCH KEY POINTS


TREND ESTIMATES

  • Trend estimates for short-term visitor arrivals to Australia during March 2007 (485,900 movements) increased by 0.8% compared with February 2007 (482,100 movements). This followed monthly increases of 0.9% each for January and February 2007.
  • Currently, short-term visitor arrivals are 7.4% higher than when the series last troughed in June 2006 (452,400 movements) and 5.4% higher than in March 2006.
  • During March 2007, short-term resident departures (427,400 movements) increased by 0.3% compared with February 2007 (426,000 movements). This followed monthly increases of 0.2% for January 2007 and 0.3% for February 2007.
  • Short-term resident departures have continued to increase since the trend break in December 2006.


SEASONALLY ADJUSTED ESTIMATES
  • Seasonally adjusted estimates for short-term visitor arrivals during March 2007 (502,900 movements) increased by 7.6% compared with February 2007. This followed monthly decreases of 0.9% for January 2007 and 2.4% for February 2007.
  • Short-term resident departures for March 2007 (440,700 movements) increased by 7.0% compared with February 2007. This followed monthly decreases of 1.5% for January 2007 and 2.7% for February 2007.


ORIGINAL ESTIMATES
  • In original movement terms, there were 524,200 short-term visitor arrivals to Australia and 422,500 short-term resident departures from Australia during March 2007.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
April 2007 5 June 2007
May 2007 6 July 2007
June 2007 3 August 2007
July 2007 4 September 2007
August 2007 8 October 2007
September 2007 5 November 2007



EARLY ESTIMATES

Early estimates of short-term visitor arrivals for April 2007 will be available on the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) web site on 16 May 2007. These estimates can be accessed by going to the ABS web site at <http://www.abs.gov.au>. Select All statistics - Access to all ABS products & statistics, then By Catalogue Number, then 3. Demography, then 34. Migration. Choose Short-term Visitor Arrival Estimates, Australia (cat. no. 3401.0.55.001).



DATA NOTES

This publication contains movement data. Care should be taken when interpreting this movement data as 'people'. See paragraph 5 of the Explanatory Notes for more detail.


The statistics in this publication have been rounded to the nearest 100 for short-term movements and to the nearest 10 for permanent and long-term movements. As a result, sums of the components may not add exactly to totals. Analysis featured in the Key Points and Main Features of this publication is based on unrounded data. Calculations made on rounded data may differ to those published.



CHANGES IN THE ISSUE

There are no changes in this issue.



TAKE CARE

Short-term Resident Departures to Indonesia - Seasonally adjusted short-term departures of Australian residents to Indonesia increased sharply from October 2006 to December 2006. The increases were the result of a return to levels of travel experienced prior to the Bali bombing in October 2005. This necessitated a break in the trend series of short-term resident departures to Indonesia between November 2006 and December 2006. In consequence, a break has also been inserted for the short-term resident departures to Total South-East Asia series and the Total series.



INQUIRIES

For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or Anne Ward on Canberra (02) 6252 6871.


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