3401.0 - Overseas Arrivals and Departures, Australia, Feb 2017 Quality Declaration
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 12/04/2017
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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 34 of the Explanatory Notes for more detail.
CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE
The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has 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 are working together to mitigate this issue and to minimise the impact on data quality.
For February 2017, the ABS added 230,379 records to account for missing outgoing passenger cards. The ABS also added 1,212 records to account for a higher level of missing incoming passenger cards. A total of 231,591 missing records were added to the overseas arrivals and departures data for February 2017. 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.
Please note that changes to the format of Overseas Arrivals and Departures, Australia (cat. no. 3401.0) are planned for the 12 September 2017 release. Additional information will be available in the next issue which is scheduled for release on 12 May 2017.
Where do I look for more information?
Information about the upcoming changes will be regularly updated in the Notes Section of each Overseas Arrivals and Departures, Australia (cat. no. 3401.0) issue until the new format is released.
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