3401.0 - Overseas Arrivals and Departures, Australia, Mar 2018 Quality Declaration 
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MARCH KEY FIGURES

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

Short-term visitor arrivals
Trend
761.8
0.4
5.3
Seasonally adjusted
771.6
2.6
..
Original
872.4
..
..
Short-term resident returns
Trend
893.9
0.3
1.7
Seasonally adjusted
908.1
4.1
..
Original
740.7
..
..

.. not applicable



Visitor arrivals(a), Short-term
Graph: Visitor Arrivals, Short-term

Resident returns(a), Short-term
Graph: Resident returns, Short-term


MARCH KEY POINTS

SHORT-TERM VISITOR ARRIVALS TO AUSTRALIA
  • Trend estimates: Short-term visitor arrivals during March 2018 (761,800 movements) increased 0.4% when compared with February 2018 (758,700 movements). This followed monthly increases of 0.3% for both January and February 2018. The current trend estimate for arrivals is 5.3% higher than in March 2017.
  • Seasonally adjusted estimates: During March 2018, short-term visitor arrivals (771,600 movements) increased 2.6% when compared with February 2018 (751,800 movements). This followed a monthly increase of 2.5% in January 2018 and a decrease of 1.4% in February 2018.
  • Original estimates: There were 872,400 short-term visitor arrivals to Australia in March 2018.


SHORT-TERM RESIDENT RETURNS TO AUSTRALIA
  • Trend estimates: Short-term resident returns during March 2018 (893,900 movements) increased 0.3% when compared with February 2018 (891,300 movements). This followed monthly increases of 0.2% in January 2018 and 0.3% in February 2018. The current trend estimate for returns is 1.7% higher than in March 2017.
  • Seasonally adjusted estimates: During March 2018, short-term resident returns (908,100 movements) increased 4.1% when compared with February 2018 (872,200 movements). This followed a monthly increase of 2.3% in January 2018 and a monthly decrease of 2.6% in February 2018.
  • Original estimates: There were 740,700 short-term resident returns to Australia in March 2018.


NOTES



FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
April 201818 June 2018
May 201816 July 2018
June 201820 August 2018
July 201817 September 2018
August 201817 October 2018
September 201819 November 2018
October 201817 December 2018
November 201818 January 2019
December 201819 February 2019
January 201915 March 2019
February 201911 April 2019
March 201913 May 2019


DATA NOTES

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.


REVISIONS IN THIS ISSUE

Investigations by the ABS and the Department of Home Affairs identified quality issues with the capture and coding of state or territory of stay/residence from incoming passenger cards from July 2017 onwards. A resolution to these issues has now been implemented. Revised OAD data from July 2017 to February 2018 has been released in this issue. All time series spreadsheets and data files have been revised.

For further information about the revisions, see the end of the Data Quality Issues (Appendix) on the left hand side under the Explanatory Notes tab.


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