3412.0 - Migration, Australia, 2008-09 Quality Declaration 
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 29/07/2010   
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Estimated resident population (ERP) by country of birth are final for years up to and including 2005–06, revised for 2006–07 and 2007–08 and preliminary for 2008-09. Interstate migration estimates are final for years up to and including 2005–06, and preliminary for September quarter 2006 onwards. Overseas migration estimates are final for years up to and including 2007-08 and preliminary for 2008-09. See paragraphs 9–10 of the Explanatory Notes for further information.


In this publication, figures have sometimes been rounded. Rounded figures and unrounded figures should not be assumed to be accurate to the last digit shown. Where figures have been rounded, discrepancies may occur between the sums of component items and totals. Analysis featured in this publication is based on unrounded data. Calculations made on rounded data may differ to those published.


In 2007, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) introduced improved methods for calculating net overseas migration (NOM). These methods have been used in calculating Australia's official estimated resident population (ERP) since September quarter 2006. As a result, a break in the NOM time series exists from the 2006-07 financial year. Caution should be taken when comparing estimates over time. In 2009, changes to the Federal Financial Relations Act 2009 allowed the ABS to publish quarterly Estimated Resident Population (ERP) at the end of each scheduled month of release (March, June, September and December). These changes enabled the methodology used for preliminary NOM estimation to be improved. For further information, see Chapter 4 - Improving net overseas migration estimation - Recent changes.

A time series based on this improved methodology from 2004 onwards is available electronically as a data cube (in Supertable format) from the Downloads tab of this publication on the ABS website.


Housing Mobility in Australia explores aspects of mobility for people who have responded to the Survey of Income and Housing, 2007-08. It examines characteristics including frequency of moves, reasons for moving, mobility by age and sex, income and educational attainment.


The annual release date of this publication has changed from the usual scheduled release of March to July due to the introduction of the '12/16 month rule' methodology for calculating NOM.

The content of this publication has been reviewed. Tables previously in the printed publication (PDF format) have been removed and are now available electronically as data cubes (in Supertable or Excel format) from this publication on the ABS website.