How many Australians are actually returning home?
The number of overseas arrivals into Australia increased by 18 per cent in December 2020, reaching 35,100 people, according to provisional data released this week by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
ABS director of migration statistics, Jenny Dobak, said the latest Overseas Travel Statistics, Provisional data recorded the largest number of Australian citizen arrivals (17,800) since travel restrictions were first introduced in April 2020.
"We are continuing to see steady month on month increases in arrivals," Ms Dobak said.
"The increase in December overseas arrivals is consistent with the lifting of travel caps on international arrivals in late 2020, as well as the opening of a one-way travel arrangement from New Zealand.
"In Victoria, the lifting of restrictions saw over 5300 overseas arrivals in December compared with just over 500 in the previous month.
"Despite these increases to monthly arrivals, overall travel numbers still remain very low, with December arrivals down 98 per cent from this time last year."
Should the government be doing more to bring stranded Australians home?