The second Visitor Visa Program Quarterly Report for the period ending 30 September 2011 is now available at www.immi.gov.au/media/statistics/visitor.htm
For the nine Visitor visa subclasses, the report provides information on applications, grants, arrivals and processing times. Highlights from the report include:
- An 11.5 per cent increase in business Visitor visa applications in the September 2011 quarter (123 888) compared to the same quarter in 2010 (111 138) with the largest increase in Business (Short Stay) (subclass 456) visa lodgements, which increased 16.8 per cent. This is the highest number of subclass 456 lodgements for this quarter in the last five years.
- A decrease in Visitor visa grants by 4.3 per cent in the September 2011 quarter (854 279) compared with the same period in 2010 (892 962). This is largely due to weaker tourist demand from Japan, United Kingdom, United States of America, Malaysia and South Korea.
- There were 26 389 visas granted under the Approved Destination Status (ADS) scheme during the September 2011 quarter. This is the highest number of visas granted under the ADS scheme for this quarter in the last four years.
The quarterly report for the period ending 31 December 2011 is expected to be published in late February 2012.