More timely releases
The ABS has changed the way it publishes the content of the former publication Migration, Australia.
In its place are two new annual publications: this release, Australia's Population by Country of Birth, along with another publication called Overseas Migration which was released in December 2021. These publications will be more timely, accessible and reduce duplication where possible.
There is no loss of data through these changes.
Impact of COVID-19
Many of the changes observed in the recent data in this release are mainly due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. This release covers data up to 30 June 2021 and therefore includes the first 15 months of the pandemic period.
On 30 January 2020, the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the COVID-19 outbreak a public health emergency of international concern. Initially the Australian Government placed travel restrictions on those travelling to Australia from mainland China commencing 1 February 2020 and restrictions on other countries soon followed. From 20 March 2020, all overseas travel was banned, with few exceptions. From 19 April to 23 July 2021 a travel bubble with New Zealand was in place.
The reference period for this release precedes the continued easing of international travel restrictions which commenced in November 2021.
The pandemic continues to disrupt international travel and migration patterns.