Overseas Arrivals and Departures (OAD) data refers to the arrival and departure of Australian residents or overseas visitors, through Australian airports and sea ports, which have been recorded on incoming or outgoing passenger cards. OAD data describes the number of movements of travellers rather than the number of travellers. That is, multiple movements of individual persons during a given reference period are all counted.
OAD data will differ from data derived from other sources, such as Migration Program Outcomes, Settlement Database or Visa Grant information.
Travellers granted a visa in one year may not arrive until the following year, or may not travel to Australia at all. Some visas permit multiple entries to Australia, so travellers may enter Australia more than once on a visa.
Definitions used in tables
For the definition of terms used in the Overseas Arrivals and Departures pivot tables, see Overseas Arrivals and Departure - Explanatory Notes on the Australian Bureau of Statistics website.