ABOUT THIS PUBLICATION
This publication brings together statistics on international migration into and out of Australia, internal migration (including interstate and intrastate) within Australia and information on overseas-born residents of Australia.
STATUS OF DATA WITHIN THIS PUBLICATION
Estimated resident population (ERP) by country of birth and interstate migration estimates are final for years up to and including 2005-06, revised for 2006-07 and preliminary for 2007-08. Overseas migration estimates are final for years up to and including 2006-07 and preliminary for 2007-08. See paragraphs 9-10 of the Explanatory Notes for further information.
NET OVERSEAS MIGRATION
In 2007 the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) introduced improved methods for calculating net overseas migration (NOM). It has been used in calculating Australia's official estimated resident population (ERP) since September quarter 2006. As a result a break in the NOM time series exists from the 2006-07 financial year. Caution should be taken when comparing estimates over time. For further information see paragraphs 22 to 32 of the Explanatory Notes and the Technical Note - Improved Methods for Calculating Net Overseas Migration from September quarter 2006 and onwards available soon under the Explanatory Notes tab with the electronic release of this publication.
Experience in using the new NOM methodology, as well as the subsequent availability of new information, has indicated that it may be possible to make further improvements to the preliminary estimates. The ABS is investigating this and will consult with major users in the later part of 2009 regarding improvements to the methodology.
A time series of final NOM from 2004 onwards is available electronically as a data cube (in Supertable format) from the Downloads tab of this publication on the ABS website.
CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE
The annual release date of this publication has changed from the usual scheduled release of March to July due to the introduction of the improved methods of calculating NOM. Final NOM data is now available 6 months later, 21 months after the end of the financial year instead of 15 months after.
The content of this publication has been reviewed. Tables previously in the printed publication (PDF format) have been removed and are now available electronically as data cubes (in Supertable or Excel format) from this publication on the ABS website. The time series data cube Permanent arrivals, Country of birth is no longer available under this catalogue number but will be available in future in Australian Historical Population Statistics (cat. no. 3105.0.65.001).
Data on the state and territory composition of Australia's ERP by country of birth are only available for census years. Updated data based on the 2006 Census are now available electronically as a data cube (in Excel format) under the Downloads tab of this publication on the ABS website.
For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or Neil Scott on Canberra (02) 6252 5959.