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, November2016'.

Visitor arrival highlights for November 2016

  • There were 720,500 visitor arrivals during November increase of 7.7 per cent relative to the same period of the previous year.
  • This brings us to 8.19 million visitor arrivals for year ending November 2016, an increase of 11.3 per cent relative to the previous year. This represents an extra 832,000 visitors on the previous year. 
  • Leisure arrivals (Holiday + VFR) continued to drive international arrivals growth, with an increase of 14.6 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 November 2016  YOY % change  November 2016 YOY % change 
Holiday 4,200,100 25.1% 384,000 12.5%
VFR 2,044,600 -0.9% 177,800 10.0%
Business 808,700 0.0% 84,800 -0.2%
Employment 282,800 -13.2% 23,000 -15.1%
Education 513,900 11.6% 24,200 -19.3%
Others 339,500 8.7% 26,700 11.7%
Total 8,189,800 11.3% 720,500 7.7%

Download the full visitors by market chart.

For upcoming release dates of arrivals figures, see below.

Release date Arrivals data 
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
 Tuesday 13 June 2017 Overseas Arrival and Departures, Australia, April 2017
 Friday 14 July 2017 Overseas Arrival and Departures, Australia, May 2017

Archive of arrivals data

View the archive of arrivals data by month.