3401.0 - Overseas Arrivals and Departures, Australia, Jul 2019 Quality Declaration 
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Australian resident returns - short-term trips

Statistics on international travel movements of residents arriving back in Australia after short term trips (less than 1 year) overseas. It is the number of international border crossings rather than the number of people.

Key statistics

In July 2019, Australian residents returning from a short-term trip overseas (trend estimates):

  • Increased 0.3% since the previous month to 948,800 trips
  • Increased 2.4% since the same month previous year
  • Reported New Zealand as the most popular destination country, accounting for 13% of all those returning.


3.1 Resident returns - Original, Seasonally adjusted and Trend estimates(a)

Resident returns - Original, Seasonally adjusted and Trend estimates
(a) For more information see Explanatory Notes 19-30. For breaks in trend series see Explanatory Note 29.


Destination countries (trend estimates)

The three leading destination countries for Australian residents in July 2019 were:

  • New Zealand (119,800 trips)
  • Indonesia (115,200)
  • USA (88,900).

3.2 Resident returns - Top 10 destination countries - Trend estimates
Resident returns - Top 10 destination countries - Trend estimates
(a) Includes the United Kingdom, Channel Islands and Isle of Man.
(b) Excludes SARs & Taiwan.

Among the top ten destination countries, the highest annual increases were recorded for:
  • Japan (13.8%)
  • Indonesia (8.9%)
  • India (8.2%).

The highest annual decreases were recorded for:
  • Singapore (-8.9%)
  • Thailand (-5.9%)
  • USA (-3.1%).

3.3 Resident returns - Top 10 destination countries(a) - Monthly and annual change

Trend
Seasonally adjusted
Original
Jun '19 to Jul '19
Jul '18 to Jul '19
Country of stay
'000
'000
'000
% change - trend
% change -trend

New Zealand
119.8
120.1
123.5
0.2
0.5
Indonesia
115.2
116.5
142.3
1.4
8.9
USA
88.9
87.7
104.0
0.4
-3.1
UK(b)
56.2
55.2
93.3
0.7
2.0
China(c)
50.1
47.7
42.1
-0.7
-1.3
Thailand
44.7
42.3
50.9
-1.3
-5.9
Japan
44.1
43.1
34.7
1.7
13.8
India
36.1
35.1
21.5
-0.2
8.2
Singapore
33.1
33.9
37.4
0.5
-8.9
Fiji
29.6
29.9
37.6
0.7
2.5

(a) Top 10 source countries based on trend estimates.
(b) Includes the United Kingdom, Channel Islands and Isle of Man.
(c) Excludes SARs & Taiwan.


State or territory of residence (original estimates)

All travellers are asked their intended address in Australia upon arrival. State or territory of residence statistics are only available from original estimates as seasonally adjusted and trend estimates are only applied to destination countries.

For those residents who returned to Australia in July 2019, compared to the same month of the previous year, there was:
  • an increase of 16.1% travelling home to the NT
  • a decrease of 2.8% for WA.

3.4 Resident returns, State or territory of residence - Annual change to July 2019 (original estimates)

Resident returns, State or territory of stay - Annual change to July 2019 (original estimates)

3.5 Resident returns, State or territory of residence(a) - Annual change to July 2019 (original estimates)

Jul '18
Jul '19
Jul '18 to Jul '19
State or territory of residence
'000
'000
% change - original

NSW
378.5
370.5
-2.1
Vic.
325.0
321.3
-1.2
Qld
188.1
189.4
0.7
SA
50.1
52.2
4.2
WA
147.4
143.4
-2.8
Tas.
12.8
13.5
5.2
NT
8.2
9.6
16.1
ACT
22.9
22.6
-1.6
Australia(b)
1133.6
1122.6
-1.0

(a) Only available from original estimates.
(b) Includes Other Territories.