Australian Bureau of Statistics
3401.0 - Overseas Arrivals and Departures, Australia, Jul 2004
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 14/09/2004
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FEATURE ARTICLE - Interpretation and Use of Overseas Arrivals and Departures Estimates
SEASONALLY ADJUSTED ESTIMATES
Early estimates of short-term visitor arrivals for August 2004 will be available on the ABS web site on 16 September 2004. These estimates can be accessed by going to the AusStats web page <http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats> and selecting Publications & Data and then Main Features. Select 34 Migration and then Short-term Visitor Arrival Estimates, Australia (cat. no. 3401.0.55.001).
For data quality issues see the Appendix of this publication.
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.
Calculations of percentage and numeric change as shown in the Key Points and Main Features of this publication are based on unrounded data. See paragraph 11 of the Explanatory Notes for more detail.
CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE
As of the August 2004 issue of this publication (to be released 14 October 2004) the following changes will occur:
For more information about these forthcoming changes, contact Chrissy Beruldsen on (02) 6252 5640 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or Chrissy Beruldsen on Canberra (02) 6252 5640 or email email@example.com.
SHORT-TERM VISITOR ARRIVALS
In trend terms, short-term visitor arrivals have recorded steady monthly increases since April 2004. Currently, short-term visitor arrivals are 3% (or 11,200 movements) higher than when the series last troughed in March 2004 (424,000 movements).
The following table presents the top ten source countries, in original terms, for short-term visitor arrivals during July 2004, along with percentage and numeric change compared with July 2003.
SHORT-TERM RESIDENT DEPARTURES
In trend terms, short-term resident departures have recorded consecutive monthly increases since April 2003. Since January 2004, the average monthly growth rate has been around 1%. However, recent estimates indicate that this growth rate is slowing. Currently, short-term resident departures are 27% (or 76,700 movements) higher than when the series last troughed in March 2003 (285,300 movements).
The following table presents the top ten destinations, in original terms, for short-term resident departures during July 2004, along with percentage and numeric change compared with July 2003.
PERMANENT AND LONG-TERM MOVEMENTS
There were 10,200 permanent (settler) arrivals into Australia during July 2004, an increase of 5% compared with July 2003 (9,750 movements). Settlers born in the United Kingdom accounted for the largest proportion (12%), followed by China and New Zealand (11%).
Statistics on OAD relate to the number of movements of travellers rather than the number of travellers. Therefore, care should be taken when using long-term arrivals data as it is known some individuals who travel multiple times in a year are counted each time they cross Australia's borders (see paragraph 5 of the Explanatory Notes). Long-term arrivals in this publication are not an appropriate source of migration statistics. For further information refer to Australian Demographic Statistics (cat. no. 3101.0).
There were 4,940 Australian residents departing permanently from Australia during July 2004, an increase of 6% compared with July 2003 (4,670 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.
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