Changes in this issue
This release is impacted by a series break in Tourism Research Australia's (TRA) National Visitor Survey with respect to 2018-19. TRA have indicated that the move to 100% mobile sampling from the March quarter 2019 has resulted in a level shift in the domestic expenditure and visitors estimates. However, rather than revising the complete time series of the Tourism Satellite Account (TSA) at this point, the ABS has maintained the level of the existing time series but estimated what the level of the 2018-19 data would have been without the series break. As a consequence, significant adjustments were required to be made to the 2018-19 product level estimates from the National Visitor Survey. These adjustments were in line with advice provided by TRA and were applied consistently across a range of products, except where alternative data sources have identified an alternative growth rate was applicable for a particular product. These adjustments apply only to data in the 2018-19 reference year.
In the 2019-20 release of the TSA, due for release in December 2020, the movement in the levels of the National Visitor Survey between 2018-19 and 2019-20 will be applied to the existing TSA series. However, in the following release, that is the 2020-21 release including a new benchmark reference year of 2019-20, the full time series of the TSA will be revised to reflect the revised levels of the National Visitor Survey data. This is in accordance with ABS' revision rules and will also allow sufficient time to determine over what period the revisions from the break in the series should be applied to.
Furthermore, as a result of the series break in the National Visitor Survey, no estimates of visitor numbers are included in this release. Likewise, estimates of average visitor expenditure are also not included in this release. This has resulted in two less tables in this release and a re-ordering of the existing tables when compared to a previous TSA "update" year, e.g. the 2016-17 release.
As well as the changes noted above, new estimates of direct tourism employment by gender by status in employment (ie. full time and part time workers) are included from this release.
A number of revisions were also made to the TSA estimates with respect to 2017-18 in this release due to revisions to a range of TSA source data. Please see the Revisions in this Issue section for more details.