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Temporary visa holders in Australia

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.


Comments (2)


Dear Roselai

Would you please give me some information about Permanent Residency ( Specially, Skilled Migrants ) visa holders in Australia, something like you have done statistically for temporary visa holder.



Hi Ata

The report on Temporary visa holders gives point-in-time statistics. We don't have point-in-time statistics on the number of permanent residents in Australia. Census data provides information on all residents in Australia as at Census night, but it does not contain details about people’s residence status.

Every six months, we publish data on permanent additions to the Australian resident population in Immigration Update. Permanent additions consist of people who, while already in Australia on a temporary basis, are granted permanent residence status, and people who arrive from overseas and are entitled to stay permanently in Australia. The report gives a breakdown of permanent additions by eligibility category which includes skilled migration. You could find copies of Immigration Update reports at: http://www.immi.gov.au/media/publications/statistics/.

You might also be interested in reports on the Migration Program. These are annual reports providing statistics on permanent visa grants that count towards the Migration Program. Copies of these reports can be found at: http://www.immi.gov.au/media/statistics/statistical-info/visa-grants/.

Thanks for your question.