3401.0 - Overseas Arrivals and Departures, Australia, Feb 2017 Quality Declaration 
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 12/04/2017   
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FEBRUARY KEY FIGURES

Feb '17
Jan '17 to Feb '17
Feb '16 to Feb '17
'000
% change
% change

Short-term visitor arrivals
Trend
713.5
0.3
7.7
Seasonally adjusted
716.0
0.4
..
Original
780.1
..
..
Short-term resident departures
Trend
837.3
0.3
3.2
Seasonally adjusted
832.6
-2.3
..
Original
590.0
..
..

. . not applicable

Visitor arrivals, Short-term
Visitor arrivals, Short-term

Resident departures, Short-term
Resident departures, Short-term



FEBRUARY KEY POINTS

SHORT-TERM VISITOR ARRIVALS TO AUSTRALIA
  • Trend estimates: Short-term visitor arrivals during February 2017 (713,500 movements) increased 0.3% compared with January 2017 (711,600 movements). This followed monthly increases of 0.3% in December 2016 and January 2017. The current trend estimate for arrivals is 7.7% higher than in February 2016.
  • Seasonally adjusted estimates: During February 2017, short-term visitor arrivals (716,000 movements) increased 0.4% compared with January 2017 (713,200 movements). This followed monthly increases of 0.7% in December 2016 and 1.0% in January 2017.
  • Original estimates: There were 780,100 short-term visitor arrivals to Australia in February 2017.


SHORT-TERM RESIDENT DEPARTURES FROM AUSTRALIA
  • Trend estimates: Short-term resident departures during February 2017 (837,300 movements) increased 0.3% compared with January 2017 (834,600 movements). This followed monthly increases of 0.3% in December 2016 and January 2017. The current trend estimate for departures is 3.2% higher than in February 2016.
  • Seasonally adjusted estimates: During February 2017, short-term resident departures (832,600 movements) decreased 2.3% compared with January 2017 (852,000 movements). This followed monthly increases of 1.9% in December 2016 and 2.9% in January 2017.
  • Original estimates: There were 590,000 short-term resident departures from Australia in February 2017.


NOTES



FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
March 201712 May 2017
April 201713 June 2017
May 201714 July 2017
June 201715 August 2017
July 201712 September 2017
August 201713 October 2017

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 34 of the Explanatory Notes for more detail.


CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has rolled out new technologies to streamline and strengthen border operations. Departure SmartGates are currently in use at all international airports in Australia for processing passengers leaving the country. Passengers using Departure SmartGates are required to place their outgoing passenger card in drop boxes located near the Departure SmartGate rather than handing them to Australian Border Force officers.

Coinciding with the roll-out of Departure SmartGates, there has been an increase in outgoing passenger cards not being collected due to passengers failing to place their cards into the drop boxes. The ABS and DIBP are working together to mitigate this issue and to minimise the impact on data quality.

For February 2017, the ABS added 230,379 records to account for missing outgoing passenger cards. The ABS also added 1,212 records to account for a higher level of missing incoming passenger cards. A total of 231,591 missing records were added to the overseas arrivals and departures data for February 2017. For further information, see Section 7 of the Data Quality Issues (Appendix 2) in the left hand side navigation bar under the Explanatory Notes tab.


UPCOMING CHANGES

Please note that changes to the format of Overseas Arrivals and Departures, Australia (cat. no. 3401.0) are planned for the 12 September 2017 release. Additional information will be available in the next issue which is scheduled for release on 12 May 2017.


Where do I look for more information?

Information about the upcoming changes will be regularly updated in the Notes Section of each Overseas Arrivals and Departures, Australia (cat. no. 3401.0) issue until the new format is released.


INQUIRIES

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