3401.0 - Overseas Arrivals and Departures, Australia, Feb 2016 Quality Declaration
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 07/04/2016
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FEBRUARY KEY FIGURES
FEBRUARY 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 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 February 2016, the ABS added 128,559 records to account for outgoing passenger cards missing from Kingsford Smith, Tullamarine, Eagle Farm and Adelaide. The ABS also added 96 records to account for a higher level of missing incoming passenger cards than expected from Darwin and Cairns airports. A total of 128,655 missing records were added to the overseas arrivals and departures data for February. 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 6 May 2016 with the release of Overseas Arrivals and Departures, Australia, Mar 2016 (cat. no. 3401.0).
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