3401.0 - Overseas Arrivals and Departures, Australia, Jul 2018 Quality Declaration
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 17/09/2018
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JULY KEY FIGURES
SHORT-TERM VISITOR ARRIVALS TO AUSTRALIA
SHORT-TERM RESIDENT RETURNS TO AUSTRALIA
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. Investigations by Home Affairs has made changes to the 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.
In June 2018, the ABS identified a data quality issue with the country of residence of Bangladesh being high for short-term visitor movements. There was a corresponding decrease for Singapore and Malaysia. This is being investigated further by Home Affairs in collaboration with the ABS. Until the issue is resolved, users should exercise caution when analysing recent statistics for country of residence of Bangladesh, Singapore and Malaysia for short-term visitor arrivals and short-term visitor departures. Adjustments have been applied to the seasonally adjusted and trend series for short-term visitor arrivals for Bangladesh for May to July 2018.
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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