3401.0 - Overseas Arrivals and Departures, Australia, Jan 2016 Quality Declaration 
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JANUARY KEY FIGURES

Jan '16
Dec '15 to Jan '16
Jan '15 to Jan '16
'000
% change
% change

Short-term visitor arrivals
Trend
659.6
0.9
11.2
Seasonally adjusted
659.1
-0.2
. .
Original
620.5
. .
. .
Short-term resident departures
Trend
818.5
0.7
6.4
Seasonally adjusted
821.5
0.7
. .
Original
744.5
. .
. .

. . not applicable

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

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



JANUARY KEY POINTS

SHORT-TERM VISITOR ARRIVALS TO AUSTRALIA
  • Trend estimates: Short-term visitor arrivals during January 2016 (659,600 movements) increased 0.9%, compared with December 2015 (653,900 movements). This followed monthly increases of 1.2% in November 2015 and 1.1% in December 2015. The current trend estimate for arrivals is 11.2% higher than in January 2015.
  • Seasonally adjusted estimates: During January 2016, short-term visitor arrivals (659,100 movements) decreased 0.2% compared with December 2015 (660,300 movements). This followed a monthly increase of 1.9% in November 2015 and 2.3% in December 2015.
  • Original estimates: There were 620,500 short-term visitor arrivals to Australia in January 2016.


SHORT-TERM RESIDENT DEPARTURES FROM AUSTRALIA
  • Trend estimates: Short-term resident departures during January 2016 (818,500 movements) increased 0.7%, compared with December 2015 (812,600 movements). This followed a monthly increases of 0.9% in November 2015 and 0.8% in December 2015. The current trend estimate for departures is 6.4% higher than in January 2015.
  • Seasonally adjusted estimates: During January 2016, short-term resident departures (821,500 movements) increased 0.7% compared with December 2015 (816,100 movements). This followed a monthly decrease of 2.8% in November 2015 and a monthly increase of 3.7% in December 2015.
  • Original estimates: There were 744,500 short-term resident departures from Australia in January 2016.


NOTES



FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
February 20167 April 2016
March 20166 May 2016
April 20163 June 2016
May 20166 July 2016
June 20164 August 2016
July 20169 September 2016

DATA NOTES


This release contains overseas movement data which should not be interpreted as 'persons'. See paragraph 7 of the Explanatory Notes for more detail.

The statistics in this release have been rounded. See paragraph 35 of the Explanatory Notes for more detail.

CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) is progressively rolling out new technologies to streamline and strengthen border operations. In Australia’s international airports Departure SmartGates are currently in use at Kingsford Smith (Sydney), Eagle Farm (Brisbane) and Tullamarine (Melbourne) for processing passengers leaving Australia. Passengers using Departure SmartGates place their outgoing passenger card in drop boxes located near the Departure SmartGate rather than handing them to Australian Border Force officers.

Coinciding with the roll-out of Departure SmartGates, there has been an increase in outgoing passenger cards not being collected due to passengers failing to place their cards into the drop boxes. The ABS and DIBP have been working together to mitigate this issue and to minimise the impact on data quality. To maintain quality, the ABS is using data from the DIBP Travel and Immigration Processing System (TRIPS) system.

For January 2016, the ABS added 99,062 records to account for outgoing passenger cards missing from Kingsford Smith, Tullamarine, Eagle Farm and Adelaide. The ABS also added 753 records to account for a higher level of missing incoming passenger cards than expected from Adelaide, Kingsford Smith (Sydney), and Darwin airports. A total of 99,815 missing records were added to the overseas arrivals and departures data for January. Variables within these records that remained missing, due to the passenger card information not being available, were imputed. For further information, see the Data Quality Issues (Appendix 2) in the left hand side navigation bar under the Explanatory Notes tab.

To maintain data quality for Overseas Arrivals and Departures (OAD) statistics, the ABS will introduce a new method to accommodate higher numbers of missing passenger cards. A revision will also be undertaken of data from October 2014 onwards when a higher number of missing passenger cards occurred due to passenger card processing issues at DIBP. This will improve the quality of some variables and reduce reliance on the use of imputations. The release of the new method and revised data back to October 2014 is scheduled for release with the March 2016 issue of Overseas Arrivals and Departures, Australia (cat. no. 3401.0).

CHANGE TO RELEASE DATE FOR MIGRATION, AUSTRALIA 2014-15

The ABS has changed the release date for Migration, Australia, 2014-15 (cat. no. 3412.0) due to unforeseeable circumstances and to align this release with the availability of the ABS' regional internal migration estimates. The original release date of 25 February 2016 has been re-scheduled to Wednesday 30 March 2016.

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