Visitor Arrivals Data

For an overview of the international visitor arrivals and expenditure results for year ending 31 December 2016, download the International Tourism Snapshot. For the latest arrivals figures, see below.

Latest visitor arrivals data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) 'Overseas Arrivals and Departures, Australia, January 2017'.

Visitor arrival highlights for January 2017

  • There were 725,800 visitor arrivals during January, an increase of 17.0 per cent relative to the same period of the previous year.
  • This brings us to 8.37 million visitor arrivals for year ending January 2017, an increase of 11.4 per cent relative to the previous year. This represents an extra 853,000 visitors on the previous year. 
  • Leisure arrivals (Holiday + VFR) continued to drive international arrivals growth, with an increase of 13.8% per cent over the 12 month period. Arrivals for the purpose of employment is showing signs of softening for the same period.
Main purpose of visit Year ended January 2017  YOY % change  January 2017 YOY % change 
Holiday 4,310,200 20.6% 390,600 23.3%
VFR 2,084,100 1.8% 154,200 8.7%
Business* 820,700 2.8% 56,800 16.4%
Employment 292,700 -6.9% 36,500 33.2%
Education 520,800 9.8% 61,400 12.5%
Others 339,800 10.5% 26,400 -14.0%
Total 8,368,200 11.4% 725,800 17.0%

*Includes visitors here for the purpose of attending conferences and convention (as self-selected on passenger cards).

Download the full visitors by market chart.

For upcoming release dates of arrivals figures, see below.

Release date Arrivals data 
Wednesday 12 April 2017 Overseas Arrival and Departures, Australia, February 2017 
 Friday 12 May 2017 Overseas Arrival and Departures, Australia, March 2017
 Tuesday 13 June 2017 Overseas Arrival and Departures, Australia, April 2017
 Friday 14 July 2017 Overseas Arrival and Departures, Australia, May 2017
 Tuesday 15 August 2017 Overseas Arrival and Departures, Australia, June 2017
 Tuesday 12 September 2017  Overseas Arrival and Departures, Australia, July 2017

Archive of arrivals data

View the archive of arrivals data by month.