Visitor Arrivals Data

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

Visitor arrival highlights for December 2016

  • There were 971,800 visitor arrivals during December increase of 8.1 per cent relative to the same period of the previous year.
  • This brings us to 8.26 million visitor arrivals for year ending December 2016, an increase of 11.0 per cent relative to the previous year. This represents an extra 819,000 visitors on the previous year. 
  • Leisure arrivals (Holiday + VFR) continued to drive international arrivals growth, with an increase of 13.7% 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 December 2016  YOY % change  December 2016 YOY % change 
Holiday 4,236,500 21.6% 511.900 7.7%
VFR 2,071,800 0.5% 334,600 8.8%
Business* 812,700 1.3% 42,800 10.3%
Employment 283,600 -11.4% 28,500 2.9%
Education 514,000 9.5% 27,900 0.4%
Others 344,100 12.0% 26,200 21.3%
Total 8,262,900 11.0% 971,800 8.1%

*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 
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
 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

Archive of arrivals data

View the archive of arrivals data by month.