3401.0 - Overseas Arrivals and Departures, Australia, Apr 2018 Quality Declaration 
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 18/06/2018   
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APRIL KEY FIGURES

Apr '18
Mar '18 to Apr '18
Apr '17 to Apr '18
'000
% change
% change

Short-term visitor arrivals
Trend
759.9
0.1
4.0
Seasonally adjusted
756.3
-1.9
..
Original
679.7
..
..
Short-term resident returns
Trend
910.5
0.8
3.3
Seasonally adjusted
923.4
1.3
..
Original
929.0
..
..

.. not applicable



Visitor arrivals, Short-term
Graph: Visitor Arrivals, Short-term

Resident returns, Short-term
Graph: Resident returns, Short-term


APRIL KEY POINTS

SHORT-TERM VISITOR ARRIVALS TO AUSTRALIA
  • Trend estimates: Short-term visitor arrivals during April 2018 (759,900 movements) increased 0.1% when compared with March 2018 (759,000 movements). This followed monthly increases of 0.3% for both February and March 2018. The current trend estimate for arrivals is 4.0% higher than in April 2017.
  • Seasonally adjusted estimates: During April 2018, short-term visitor arrivals (756,300 movements) decreased 1.9% when compared with March 2018 (770,800 movements). This followed a monthly decrease of 1.5% in February 2018 and an increase of 2.7% in March 2018.
  • Original estimates: There were 679,700 short-term visitor arrivals to Australia in April 2018.


SHORT-TERM RESIDENT RETURNS TO AUSTRALIA
  • Trend estimates: Short-term resident returns during April 2018 (910,500 movements) increased 0.8% when compared with March 2018 (903,500 movements). This followed monthly increases of 0.7% for both February and March 2018. The current trend estimate for returns is 3.3% higher than in April 2017.
  • Seasonally adjusted estimates: During April 2018, short-term resident returns (923,400 movements) increased 1.3% when compared with March 2018 (911,200 movements). This followed a monthly decrease of 2.4% in February 2018 and a monthly increase of 4.2% in March 2018.
  • Original estimates: There were 929,000 short-term resident returns to Australia in April 2018.


NOTES



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DATA NOTES

In July 2017, the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs introduced changes to the incoming passenger card. The change was to capture the main reason for journey for both residents returning, and visitors arriving in Australia. The ABS has noted changes in the distribution of responses to the question on main reason for journey for short-term visitor arrivals in recent months, notably an increase in the number of persons reporting that the main reason for travel was visiting friends and relatives and a decline in the number of persons reporting the main reason was a holiday. The ABS is investigating possible explanations for these changes.

This release contains overseas movement data which should not be interpreted as 'persons'. See paragraph 7 of the Explanatory Notes for more detail.

The statistics in this release have been rounded. See paragraph 33 of the Explanatory Notes for more detail.


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