3401.0 - Overseas Arrivals and Departures, Australia, May 2016 Quality Declaration
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 06/07/2016
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SHORT-TERM VISITOR ARRIVALS TO AUSTRALIA
SHORT-TERM RESIDENT DEPARTURES FROM AUSTRALIA
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 34 of the Explanatory Notes for more detail.
CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE
From August 2015 onwards, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has progressively rolled out new technologies to streamline and strengthen border operations. Departure SmartGates are currently in use at Kingsford Smith (Sydney), Eagle Farm (Brisbane), Tullamarine (Melbourne) and Darwin airport for processing passengers leaving Australia. Passengers using Departure SmartGates are required to 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.
For May 2016, the ABS added 141,945 records to account for missing outgoing passenger cards. The ABS also added 319 records to account for a higher level of missing incoming passenger cards. A total of 142,264 missing records were added to the overseas arrivals and departures data for May 2016. For further information see Section 7 of the Data Quality Issues (Appendix 2) in the left hand side navigation bar under the Explanatory Notes tab.
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