ABOUT THIS PUBLICATION
This publication brings together statistics on international migration into and out of Australia, interstate migration within Australia and information on overseas-born residents of Australia. Australia's migration is described in the context of the Government's migration program and in comparison with international migration experienced by other countries.
NET OVERSEAS MIGRATION - IMPROVED METHODS INTRODUCED
In 2007 the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) introduced improved methods for calculating net overseas migration (NOM) (refer to Chapter 3 and paragraphs 11-17 of the Explanatory Notes). A time series based on this improved methodology from December quarter 2003 onwards is available in Tables 3.10-3.12.
Due to the improved methodology a break in time series exists. Net overseas migration estimates using this methodology have been used in compiling Australia's official population estimates for September quarter 2006 and onwards. Due to changes in the methods used to adjust NOM estimates, caution should be taken when comparing estimates over time.
For more information see Information Paper: Improved Methods for Estimating Net Overseas Migration, 2006 (cat. no. 3107.0.55.003) and Information Paper: Statistical Implications of Improved Methods for Estimating Net Overseas Migration, Australia, 2007 (cat. no. 3107.0.55.005).
Interstate migration estimates in this publication are final for years up to and including 2005-06 and preliminary for 2006-07.
Estimated resident population (ERP) by country of birth for 30 June 2007 is preliminary. Estimates for 2002 to 2006 are revised and based on the 2006 Census of Population and Housing. Estimates for periods earlier than this are final. See paragraph 3 of the Explanatory Notes for additional information.
Traveller Characteristics of Recent Net Overseas Migration looks at some demographic characteristics of travellers that contributed to net overseas migration (NOM) in 2006-07. The article explores characteristics such as age, sex, country of birth and distribution by state and territory.
Permanent Departures - Where are they going? looks at permanent departures from Australia of both people born in Australia and former migrants over the nine years ending 2006-07. Where those departing intend to settle and whether or not overseas-born departures intend to return to their country of birth is also discussed.
CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE
Data on the state and territory distribution of Australia's ERP by country of birth are only available for census years. Updated data based on the 2006 Census will be available with the next issue of this publication in March 2009.
For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or Deborah Aspden on Canberra (02) 6252 7238.