3401.0 - Overseas Arrivals and Departures, Australia, May 2018 Quality Declaration
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 16/07/2018
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SHORT-TERM VISITOR ARRIVALS TO AUSTRALIA
SHORT-TERM RESIDENT RETURNS TO AUSTRALIA
The ABS has identified a data quality issue with state or territory of stay/residence for the period April to May 2018, with estimates for the Australian Capital Territory higher than usual. This is being investigated further by Home Affairs in collaboration with the ABS. Until the issue is resolved, users should exercise caution when comparing statistics for state or territory of stay/residence for this period with previous periods.
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. The ABS is investigating possible explanations for these changes.
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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