Overseas Arrivals and Departures (OAD)
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) publishes monthly Overseas Arrivals and Departures information of short-term (under 12 months duration) international visitors to Australia, regardless of age. Overseas arrival data relate to the State of intended stay in Australia while overseas Departure data relate to the State where visitors spent the most time in Australia.
Notes on the OAD data
The ABS rebuilt its OAD data system to improve data quality. To preserve the time series, the ABS revised OAD data back from July 2004 onwards. This change impacted the OAD and the International Visitor Survey time series as international visitor estimates are benchmarked on the OAD data. January 2014 OAD results are the first to be based on the revised OAD methodology.
In February 2018, the ABS identified data quality issues affecting visitor arrivals data extending as far back as July 2017. The ABS has now revised the OAD time series. OAD reports from year ended March 2018 include revised arrivals and departure data from July 2017 onwards.
OAD July 2023 (PDF 232 kb)
International Visitor Survey (IVS)
Tourism Research Australia conducts quarterly International Visitor Surveys of departing short-term (under 12 months duration) international visitors aged 15 years and over.
The IVS Snapshot provides the total international visitation to New South Wales. It covers visitor numbers, nights and expenditure as well as country of origin, purpose of visit, demographics, top activities, transport and accommodation statistics.
Notes on the International Visitor Survey (IVS) data
International visitor statistics are sourced from TRA’s IVS. Recent changes to Overseas arrivals data has led TRA to revise IVS estimates in the December 2018 data release. The revisions focus on purpose-of-visit estimates, with minimal change to visitor, nights and spend estimates.
Care should be taken when comparing current IVS data with previously published data.
Tourism Research Australia (TRA) has advised Destination NSW that IVS data to YE Dec 2022 is not publishable due to the inclusion of partially imputed data. Imputed data is inferred data which is not fit for analysis purposes at granular levels. As the sample is still mixed with imputed data it cannot be published beyond state level visitor, nights and expenditure.
TRA has advised that March 2023 quarter will be the first full quarter of collected sample, and as such the first quarter of publishable data. This means that it will take until YE Dec 23 to collect a full 12 months of data. As a result, prior period comparisons for full IVS reporting will not recommence until mid 2024.
International Travel to NSW (IVS) Snapshot June 2023 (PDF 171 kb)
Archived IVS Snapshots
Archived IVS Time Series
International market profiles
The international market profiles provide snapshot and time series visitation information from each country market to New South Wales. It also reports on each country market’s purpose of travel, demographics, travel party, places visited, top activities, accommodation and transport used.