Visitor Arrivals Data

For an overview of the international visitor arrivals and expenditure results for year ending 30 June 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, September 2016'.

Visitor arrival highlights for September 2016

  • There were 647,200 visitor arrivals during September 2016, an increase of 13.2 per cent relative to the same period of the previous year.
  • This brings us to 8.07 million visitor arrivals for year ending September2016, an increase of 11.1 per cent relative to the previous year. This represents an extra 807,000 visitors on the previous year. 
  • Leisure arrivals (Holiday + VFR) continued to drive international arrivals growth, with an increase of 15.3 per cent over the 12 month period. Business travel is showing signs of softening, with declines of 1.2 per cent for the same period.
Main purpose of visit Year ended September 2016  YOY % change  September 2016 YOY % change 
Holiday 4,127,300 26.0% 329,200 24.6%
VFR 2,024,700 -1.8% 168,400 -2.5%
Business 808,900 -1.2% 70,900 2.9%
Employment 276,600 -17.0% 24,000 7.1%
Education 506,200 12.7% 27,200 29.5%
Others 325,300 0.6% 27,500 22.2%
Total 8,069,200 11.1% 647,200 13.2%

Download the full visitors by market chart.

For upcoming release dates of arrivals figures, see below.

Release date Arrivals data 
Monday 12 December 2016 Overseas Arrival and Departures, Australia, October 2016
Monday 16 January 2017 Overseas Arrival and Departures, Australia, November 2016
Monday 13 February 2017 Overseas Arrival and Departures, Australia, December 2016
Tuesday 14 March 2017 Overseas Arrival and Departures, Australia, January 2017
Wednesday 12 April 2017 Overseas Arrival and Departures, Australia, February 2017
 Friday 12 May 2017 Overseas Arrival and Departures, Australia, March 2017

Archive of arrivals data

View the archive of arrivals data by month.