3401.0 - Overseas Arrivals and Departures, Australia, Aug 2018 Quality Declaration 
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AUGUST KEY FIGURES

Aug '18
Jul '18 to Aug '18
Aug '17 to Aug '18
'000
% change
% change

Short-term visitor arrivals
Trend
783.3
0.7
4.8
Seasonally adjusted
794.4
2.6
..
Original
741.7
..
..
Short-term resident returns
Trend
934.3
0.3
6.0
Seasonally adjusted
935.9
1.1
..
Original
916.2
..
..

.. not applicable



Visitor arrivals, Short-term
Visitor arrivals, Short-term

Resident returns, Short-term
Resident returns, Short-term

AUGUST KEY POINTS

SHORT-TERM VISITOR ARRIVALS TO AUSTRALIA
  • Trend estimates: Short-term visitor arrivals during August 2018 (783,300 movements) increased 0.7% when compared with July 2018 (777,800 movements). This followed monthly increases of 0.6% for June and 0.7% for July 2018. The current trend estimate for arrivals is 4.8% higher than in August 2017.
  • Seasonally adjusted estimates: During August 2018, short-term visitor arrivals (794,400 movements) increased 2.6% when compared with July 2018 (774,100 movements). This followed increases of 0.8% for June 2018 and 0.3% for July 2018.
  • Original estimates: There were 771,700 short-term visitor arrivals to Australia in August 2018.


SHORT-TERM RESIDENT RETURNS TO AUSTRALIA
  • Trend estimates: Short-term resident returns during August 2018 (934,300 movements) increased 0.3% when compared with July 2018 (931,600 movements). This followed monthly increases of 0.5% for June 2018 and 0.3% for July 2018. The current trend estimate for returns is 6.0% higher than in August 2017.
  • Seasonally adjusted estimates: During August 2018, short-term resident returns (935,900 movements) increased 1.1% when compared with July 2018 (925,200 movements). This followed a monthly decrease of 2.1% in June 2018 and a monthly increase of 1.0% in July 2018.
  • Original estimates: There were 916,200 short-term resident returns to Australia in August 2018.


NOTES



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DATA NOTES

In July 2017, the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs introduced changes to the incoming passenger card. The change was to capture the main reason for journey for both residents returning, and visitors arriving in Australia. The ABS has noted changes in the distribution of responses to the question on main reason for journey for short-term visitor arrivals in recent months, notably an increase in the number of persons reporting that the main reason for travel was visiting friends and relatives and a decline in the number of persons reporting the main reason was a holiday. From investigations by Home Affairs changes were made to their process of coding main reason for journey from the new incoming passenger card, and to further assist in improving quality the imputation for main reason for journey was reviewed and improved by the ABS.

REVISIONS

In June 2018, the ABS identified a data quality issue with the country of residence of Bangladesh being implausibly high for short-term visitor movements. There was a corresponding decrease for Singapore and Malaysia. To fix this issue Home affairs implemented a procedural change in September 2018. For the period from April to August 2018 the ABS have identified the affected records and amended them by assigning to either Malaysia or Singapore. The amendments were based on historically observed distributions for travellers on visa subclass 601, stratified by country of embarkation and country of citizenship. Revised OAD data from April to July 2018 has been released in this issue. All time series spreadsheets and data files have been revised. For further information, see the end of Section 7 of the Data Quality Issues (Appendix 2) in the left hand side navigation bar under the Explanatory Notes tab.

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 33 of the Explanatory Notes for more detail.


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