3401.0 - Overseas Arrivals and Departures, Australia, Jul 2016 Quality Declaration 
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 09/09/2016   
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JULY KEY FIGURES

Jul '16
Jun '16 to Jul '16
Jul '15 to Jul '16
'000
% change
% change

Short-term visitor arrivals
Trend
694.5
0.8
12.5
Seasonally adjusted
692.8
-0.1
..
Original
716.0
..
..
Short-term resident departures
Trend
831.8
0.4
6.0
Seasonally adjusted
836.3
-1.1
..
Original
890.6
..
..

. . not applicable

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

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



JULY KEY POINTS

SHORT-TERM VISITOR ARRIVALS TO AUSTRALIA
  • Trend estimates: Short-term visitor arrivals during July 2016 (694,500 movements) increased 0.8%, compared with June 2016 (688,800 movements). This followed monthly increases of 1.1% in May 2016 and 1.0% in June 2016. The current trend estimate for arrivals is 12.5% higher than in July 2015.
  • Seasonally adjusted estimates: During July 2016, short-term visitor arrivals (692,800 movements) decreased 0.1% compared with June 2016 (693,700 movements). This followed monthly increases of 0.3% in May 2016 and 1.7% in June 2016.
  • Original estimates: There were 716,000 short-term visitor arrivals to Australia in July 2016.


SHORT-TERM RESIDENT DEPARTURES FROM AUSTRALIA
  • Trend estimates: Short-term resident departures during July 2016 (831,800 movements) increased 0.4%, compared with June 2016 (828,200 movements). This followed a monthly increase of 0.6% in May 2016 and 0.7% in June 2016. The current trend estimate for departures is 6.0% higher than in July 2015.
  • Seasonally adjusted estimates: During July 2016, short-term resident departures (836,300 movements) decreased 1.1% compared with June 2016 (845,300 movements). This followed monthly increases of 1.3% in May 2016 and 4.1% in June 2016.
  • Original estimates: There were 890,600 short-term resident departures from Australia in July 2016.


NOTES



FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
August 201610 October 2016
September 201610 November 2016
October 201612 December 2016
November 201616 January 2017
December 201613 February 2017
January 201714 March 2017


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 34 of the Explanatory Notes for more detail.


CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE

From 1 July 2016, Norfolk island was integrated into Australia for administrative purposes. Travel between mainland Australia and Norfolk Island is no longer considered an international movement and has been excluded from the Overseas Arrivals and Departures statistics.

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 all international airports in Australia for processing passengers leaving the country. 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 July 2016, the ABS added 163,257 records to account for missing outgoing passenger cards. The ABS also added 3,399 records to account for a higher level of missing incoming passenger cards. A total of 166,656 missing records were added to the overseas arrivals and departures data for July 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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