3401.0 - Overseas Arrivals and Departures, Australia, Nov 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 November 2019, Australian residents returning from a short-term trip overseas (trend estimates):

  • Increased 0.5% since the previous month to 966,000 trips
  • Increased 3.3% 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)

Graph: Resident returns - Original, Seasonally adjusted and Trend estimates
(a) For more information see Explanatory Notes 19-32. For breaks in trend series see Explanatory Notes 30-31.


Destination countries (trend estimates)

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

  • New Zealand (125,700 trips)
  • Indonesia (123,400)
  • USA (85,600).

3.2 Resident returns - Top 10 destination countries - Trend estimates
Graph: 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 (24.8%)
  • Indonesia (12.4%)
  • India (7.3%).

The highest annual decreases were recorded for:
  • Thailand (-6.6%)
  • USA (-5.9%)

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

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

New Zealand
125.7
124.5
119.1
0.3
3.3
Indonesia
123.4
125.0
117.3
0.6
12.4
USA
85.6
84.6
79.0
-0.8
-5.9
UK(b)
55.5
55.6
36.1
0.7
0.6
China(c)
51.2
51.9
52.5
1.3
2.0
Japan
49.1
51.2
42.6
2.2
24.8
Thailand
44.2
43.4
41.1
-0.7
-6.6
India
37.1
38.8
37.3
0.9
7.3
Singapore
36.3
37.7
39.3
0.8
5.2
Fiji
28.7
29.4
30.3
-0.2
1.0

(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 November 2019, compared to the same month of the previous year, there was:
  • an increase of 11.8% travelling home to Western Australia
  • an increase of 10.8% travelling home to the Australian Capital Territory

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

Map: Resident returns, State or territory of residence - Annual change to November 2019 (original estimates)

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

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

NSW
274.8
284.0
3.3
Vic.
228.7
237.0
3.6
Qld
144.0
151.0
4.9
SA
37.0
38.1
2.8
WA
95.9
107.2
11.8
Tas.
8.6
9.4
10.0
NT
6.9
7.0
2.4
ACT
14.3
15.9
10.8
Australia(b)
810.3
849.8
4.9

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