3106.0 - Demography News, March 2010  
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The December 2009 issue of Overseas Arrivals and Departures, Australia, December 2009 (cat. no. 3401.0) was released on 8 February 2010. It includes a Feature Article - International Movements - 2009. The article provides an overview of border crossings in 2009 with a record 24.7 million - translating to 1,129 crossings per 1,000 Australian population (96% of all movements were short-term). It provides an analysis of annual short-term visitor arrivals and short-term resident departures. A more detailed examination, based on original estimates, is given on the top 10 source and destination countries for 2009. It also includes an analysis by age, sex, reason for journey and duration of stay/absence.

Suspension of trend estimates (short-term resident departures) from April 2009

The trend estimates have been suspended from April 2009 for all Short-term Resident Departures series. The trend estimates will be reintroduced when more stability emerges in the underlying behaviour of passenger movements. For more information see the Notes page of Overseas Arrivals and Departures, Australia, December 2009 (cat. no. 3401.0)

Appropriate seasonally adjusted estimates can be produced and will continue to be published as usual.

Also, caution should be used when interpreting recent Short-term Visitor Arrivals trend estimates as they may be affected by unusual economic factors.