Visitor arrivals and resident returns, reason for journey and duration of stay
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This release contains statistics on the travel movements of persons arriving in, and returning to, Australia.

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For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070.

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Monthly

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Administrative information on persons arriving in, or departing from, Australia is collected via various processing systems, passport documents, visa information, and incoming passenger cards. This data is supplied by the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs (HA). For further information, please refer to the Explanatory Notes.

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Monthly

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Monthly data available. Time series available from January 1976 onwards. For further information on OAD statistics, please refer to the Explanatory Notes.

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Movements

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Additional variables for overseas arrivals and departures (OAD) data are available on request. For further information, please refer to Explanatory Note 40.

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For information on imputations used within the OAD system, please refer to the Data Quality Issues Appendix in the left hand side navigation bar under the Explanatory Notes tab.

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Online

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For information on seasonal adjustment and trend estimates, please refer to Explanatory Notes 20 to 35.

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Visitor arrivals and resident returns, reason for journey and duration of stayAbstract

This release contains statistics on the travel movements of persons arriving in, and returning to, Australia.

Contact person/organisation

For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070.

Data source(s) used

Administrative information on persons arriving in, or departing from, Australia is collected via various processing systems, passport documents, visa information, and incoming passenger cards. This data is supplied by the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs (HA). For further information, please refer to the Explanatory Notes.

Explanatory Noteshttps://www.abs.gov.au/methodologies/overseas-arrivals-and-departures-australia-methodology/aug-2020
Source Periodicity

Monthly

Source metadata

For further information, please refer to the Explanatory Notes.

Explanatory Noteshttps://www.abs.gov.au/methodologies/overseas-arrivals-and-departures-australia-methodology/aug-2020
Unit of measure used

Movements

Variables collected

Additional variables for overseas arrivals and departures (OAD) data are available on request. For further information, please refer to Explanatory Note 40.

Explanatory Noteshttps://www.abs.gov.au/methodologies/overseas-arrivals-and-departures-australia-methodology/aug-2020
Periodicity

Monthly

Reference period

Monthly data available. Time series available from January 1976 onwards. For further information on OAD statistics, please refer to the Explanatory Notes.

Explanatory Noteshttps://www.abs.gov.au/methodologies/overseas-arrivals-and-departures-australia-methodology/aug-2020
Link to Release calendar

For release of monthly OAD data, refer to Forthcoming Issues in the Notes page in the left hand navigation bar of Overseas Arrivals and Departures, Australia (cat. no. 3401.0).

Overseas Arrivals and Departures, Australiahttp://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/mf/3401.0/
Statistical population

OAD statistics relate to all recorded movements of travellers who cross Australia's international border. For further information, please refer to Explanatory Notes 7 to 9.

Explanatory Noteshttps://www.abs.gov.au/methodologies/overseas-arrivals-and-departures-australia-methodology/aug-2020
Geographic coverage

This dataset contains data presented at Australia level only.

Population coverage

All international travellers who cross Australia's international border. The statistics exclude the movements of operational air and ships' crew, of transit passengers who pass through Australia but are not cleared for entry (including some defence force personnel), and of passengers on pleasure cruises commencing and finishing in Australia. These statistics also exclude undocumented arrivals or departures. For further information, please refer to Explanatory Notes 7 to 9.

Explanatory Noteshttps://www.abs.gov.au/methodologies/overseas-arrivals-and-departures-australia-methodology/aug-2020
Classification(s) used

For country of stay/residence, the Standard Australian Classification of Countries, 2016 (SACC) is used. The entire historical series has been backcast using this version of the classification. For more information, see the link below.

Standard Australian Classification of Countrieshttps://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/Lookup/1269.0Main+Features12016?OpenDocument
Imputation

For information on imputations used within the OAD system, please refer to the Data Quality Issues Appendix in the left hand side navigation bar under the Explanatory Notes tab.

Explanatory Noteshttp://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/exnote/3401.0
Validation

For information on the ABS Institutional Environment, see below.

ABS_Institutional_Environmenthttp://www.abs.gov.au/websitedbs/d3310114.nsf/4a256353001af3ed4b2562bb00121564/10ca14cb967e5b83ca2573ae00197b65!OpenDocument
Weights

For further information about weighting, please refer to Explanatory Notes 10 to 12.

Explanatory Noteshttp://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/exnote/3401.0
Seasonal adjustment

For information on seasonal adjustment and trend estimates, please refer to Explanatory Notes 20 to 35.

Explanatory Noteshttp://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/exnote/3401.0
Dissemination format(s)

Online

Recommended uses and limitations

The monthly OAD publication contains statistics on the travel movements of persons arriving in and returning to Australia. The focus of this publication is to provide information and analysis of short-term movements (i.e. less than one year), in particular short-term visitor arrivals (STVA) and short-term resident returns (STRR). Statistics on permanent and long-term movements (i.e. one year or more) are also available, however, permanent and long-term movements in this publication are not an appropriate source for migration statistics. For information on Net Overseas Migration (NOM), refer to Migration, Australia (cat. no. 3412.0) and for quarterly NOM data, refer to Australian Demographic Statistics (cat. no. 3101.0).

Migration, Australiahttp://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/mf/3412.0
Recommended uses and limitations

Australian Demographic Statisticshttp://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/mf/3101.0