A new report Temporary entrants and New Zealand citizens in Australia is now available on the department’s website. The report provides a snapshot of various groups of temporary visa holders and New Zealand citizens who were present in Australia as at the end December 2011. A copy of this report can be accessed here.
The report highlights some key trends:
- some 1,045,840 temporary visa holders were present in Australia on 31 December 2011, a 0.6 per cent increase from last year;
- the largest groups of temporary visa holders present in Australia on 31 December 2011 were visitors (367,970), followed by students (254,680), working holiday makers (subclass 417 and 462) (134,840) and Business (Long Stay) (subclass 457) visa holders (128,600);
- between December 2010 and December 2011, the number of student visa holders decreased by 12.5 per cent and visitor visa holders by 1.1 per cent, while the number of subclass 457 visa holders and working holiday makers increased by 10.9 per cent and 14.1 per cent, respectively;
- during the same period, the number of visitors from India and China increased (16.7% and 10.5% respectively) while the number of students from India and China decreased ( 34.7% and 7.6% respectively);
- the countries with the most number of Working Holiday (subclass 417) visa holders were the United Kingdom (19.4%), South Korea (16.6%) and Ireland (12.2%);
- the countries with the most number of Business (Long Stay) visa holders were the United Kingdom (26.7%), India (13.7%) and the Philippines (7.3%); and,
- some 597,730 New Zealand citizens were present in Australia on 31 December 2011,
a 6.9 per cent increase from the previous year.