3401.0 - Overseas Arrivals and Departures, Australia, Dec 2017 Quality Declaration 
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 19/02/2018   
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DECEMBER KEY FIGURES

Dec '17
Nov '17 to Dec '17
Dec '16 to Dec '17
'000
% change
% change

Short-term visitor arrivals
Trend
751.4
-0.1
5.8
Seasonally adjusted
742.7
-1.7
..
Original
1 010.6
..
..
Short-term resident returns
Trend
885.6
0.1
3.2
Seasonally adjusted
876.7
-1.6
..
Original
677.5
..
..

. . not applicable



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

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


DECEMBER KEY POINTS

SHORT-TERM VISITOR ARRIVALS TO AUSTRALIA
  • Trend estimates: Short-term visitor arrivals during December 2017 (751,400 movements) decreased 0.1% compared with November 2017 (752,000 movements). This followed monthly increases of 0.1% in both October 2017 and November 2017. The current trend estimate for arrivals is 5.8% higher than in December 2016.
  • Seasonally adjusted estimates: During December 2017, short-term visitor arrivals (742,700 movements) decreased 1.7% compared with November 2017 (755,300 movements). This followed a monthly increase of 1.7% in October 2017 and a monthly decrease of 0.1% in November 2017.
  • Original estimates: There were 1,010,600 short-term visitor arrivals to Australia in December 2017.


SHORT-TERM RESIDENT RETURNS TO AUSTRALIA
  • Trend estimates: Short-term resident returns during December 2017 (885,600 movements) increased 0.1% compared with November 2017 (884,700 movements). This followed monthly increases of 0.1% in both October 2017 and November 2017. The current trend estimate for returns is 3.2% higher than in December 2016.
  • Seasonally adjusted estimates: During December 2017, short-term resident returns (876,700 movements) decreased 1.6% compared with November 2017 (891,300 movements). This followed a monthly decrease of 0.5% in October 2017 and a monthly increase of 0.5% in November 2017.
  • Original estimates: There were 677,500 short-term resident returns to Australia in December 2017.


NOTES



FORTHCOMING ISSUES

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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

The ABS identified a data quality issue with estimates for state or territory of stay/residence since July 2017, in particular with estimates for the Northern Territory being understated and a corresponding overstatement for New South Wales. Revised OAD statistics for July to November 2017 are included in this issue.

Further investigations by the ABS and the Department of Home Affairs have identified additional quality issues with the capture and coding of state or territory of stay/residence from incoming passenger cards from July 2017 onwards. Data from the cards is currently being re-processed to correct these issues and will be re-supplied to the ABS. Once this is complete, ABS will revise OAD statistics from July 2017 onwards.

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


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