3401.0 - Overseas Arrivals and Departures, Australia, Aug 2016 Quality Declaration
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 10/10/2016
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AUGUST KEY FIGURES
AUGUST KEY POINTS
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 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 August 2016, the ABS added 170,821 records to account for missing outgoing passenger cards. The ABS also added 2,180 records to account for a higher level of missing incoming passenger cards. A total of 173,001 missing records were added to the overseas arrivals and departures data for August 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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