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.
Note: On 1 October, DIBP transitioned to a new provider of passenger card processing services. As part of this transition, systems were developed to ensure data is captured from cards with a high level of accuracy. Errors in these systems have been identified which have resulted in the required levels of accuracy not being met.
DIBP and the ABS are working closely together to manage the issues and minimise the delays to the provision of overseas arrivals and departures data to the ABS.
The Secretary of DIBP has requested a report on the cause of these errors, correction of the errors including process improvements to ensure they do not occur again and assurance that required levels of accuracy will be achieved in future.
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.