Arrivals and Departures for May

The ABS has released the May Overseas Arrivals and Departures data, which comprises a summary of monthly data by category of movement. For visitors arriving and residents departing short term, the intended length of stay, main purpose of journey, principal destination (departures) or country of usual residence (arrivals) and state and territory in which most time was spent.

SHORT-TERM VISITOR ARRIVALS TO AUSTRALIA

Trend estimates: Short-term visitor arrivals during May 2011 (480,300 movements) decreased 0.5% compared with April 2011 (482,600 movements). This followed monthly decreases of 0.8% in March 2011 and 0.6% in April 2011. The current trend estimate for arrivals is 0.4% lower than in May 2010.
Seasonally adjusted estimates: During May 2011, short-term visitor arrivals (488,500 movements) recorded a decrease of 1.0% compared with April 2011 (493,400 movements). This followed a monthly decrease of 2.2% in March 2011 and an increase of 3.4% in April 2011.
Original estimates: There were 386,600 short-term visitor arrivals to Australia in May 2011.

SHORT-TERM RESIDENT DEPARTURES FROM AUSTRALIA

Trend estimates: Short-term resident departures during May 2011 (645,900 movements) increased 1.6% compared with April 2011 (635,400 movements). This followed monthly increases of 0.6% in March 2011 and 1.8% in April 2011. The current trend estimate for departures is 10.5% higher than in May 2010.

Seasonally adjusted estimates: During May 2011, short-term resident departures (649,400 movements) decreased by 5.9% compared with April 2011 (689,800 movements). This followed a monthly decrease of 5.7% in March 2011 and an increase of 19.0% in April 2011.
Original estimates: There were 619,400 short-term resident departures from Australia during May 2011.

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  1. Charles Ponzi

    I would be interested in seeing data for long term departures. I suspect that many recent immigrants to Australia are leaving due to ridiculously high house prices and low wages.

    • Try here for a start Charles – we will endeavour to get more analysis when the next dataset for long term departures/arrivals is released.

      I put these here to look at tourism – its obvious there’s been a decline in overseas visitors and more Aussies going overseas (instead of partying Down Under) due to the high dollar.

    • We’re still here because we thoroughly enjoy the friendly way people interact, the respect and the superior customer service compared to Europe. (Yes, this is a compliment to you guys, a big one!) It takes so many moments of stress out of the day when people are eager to help.

      However, living over here certainly involves a lot more work and a lot less gain compared to life in Europe. Expensive housing and lower wages are good examples, as are groceries and retail prices.

      More importantly for me personally is the fact that employment conditions are a fair bit worse and work-life balance doesn’t seem to be a prime consideration for Aussie organisations. I went from three holidays a year (and the odd long weekend) to a couple of long weekends and the one annual leave… Not to mention the increased flexibility available to employees in Europe and higher budgets available for employee satisfaction.

      Maybe I’m just socialist Eurotrash. 😛

      • As a fairly recent immigrant and also a Dutchmen I can fully agree to that 🙂

        Society atmosphere and inter-human interaction is great in AU, everything else is pretty much worse – so people from Europe definitely shouln’t come here if wealth optimisation is a goal.

        All Asians however are usually very happy with AU in all aspects – and they usually cannot understand why someone from Europe would EVER consider moving to AU 🙂

  2. I’m Irish, been here 10 years and have no complaints whatsoever. Sure property, amongst other things, is pricey but only if you are willing to pay it. Patience, every bubble goes back to the level it started from. However just because something is inevitable, doesn’t mean it’s imminent 🙂

  3. cmon ozzy come on….must keep ozzy $ higher

    if the dollar drops petrol at $2 a drip is game over….lights out time

    although tourists and exports(whatever is left) would benefit.