Tourism Access Working Group

The Tourism Access Working Group (TAWG) identifies opportunities to strengthen Australia’s ability to attract more international tourists by advocating for transport and visa policy reform and infrastructure development.

The working group takes a comprehensive and integrated approach to recognising that the needs of the tourism industry are vital in the consideration of transport access and infrastructure planning.

Given Australia's geographic position and size, efficient transport infrastructure and links are essential to ensure ease of access, visitor dispersal and ultimately Australia's competitiveness as a visitor destination.


  • Australian Government Minister for Tourism (Co-Chair)
  • Australian Government Minister for Transport (Co-Chair)
  • Australian Government Minister for Immigration and Border Protection
  • Australian Government Treasurer
  • Australian Airports Association (AAA)
  • Four AAA members (Airports on rotating basis)
  • Qantas
  • Virgin Australia
  • Board of Airline Representatives of Australia (BARA)
  • Regional Aviation Association of Australia (RAAA)
  • Australian Regional Tourism Network (ARTN)
  • Tourism & Transport Forum (TTF)
  • Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC)
  • Australian Chamber National Tourism Council (Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry)
  • Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA)

Secretariat provided by Austrade.

Priorities and achievements

Since its establishment in 2010, TAWG has undertaken a number of projects. Highlights include:

  • Mapping paper
    Stage two of the Mapping Australia's Tourism Aviation Priorities report presents an in-depth analysis of Australia's future aviation environment, recommendations on how to maximise future aviation growth potential for tourism and identifies potential growth impediments.

    Mapping Australia's Tourism Aviation Priorities (Stage 2) Report (PDF, 3.3MB)

    Please note this report has been compiled from an Australian tourism sector perspective.

  • Regional airports
    Stage One identified a need to address the lack of Australian and foreign stakeholder awareness and understanding of the benefits of the Australia’s regional airport access packages.

    Stage Two developed a communication strategy for industry to improve the awareness of foreign governments and airlines and increase uptake of the packages through more international air services to regional destinations.

    Stage Three investigated the challenges regional airports have experienced in attracting and sustaining international air services. The project developed case studies on a number of regional airports to identify the key factors effecting the introduction and commercial sustainability of international passenger services.

    The final report (PDF, 1.8MB), produced by Airbiz Aviation Strategies Pty Ltd, identified key decision criteria analysed by airlines prior to commencing services to new destinations and found that an airline will only fly to a regional airport if there is a commercially viable business case to do so.

  • Trans-Tasman travel
    GHD was appointed to undertake an analysis of the potential economic benefits for Australia of simplifying trans-Tasman travel requirements. The Trans-Tasman Project Report (PDF, 1.2MB) provides a number of scenarios which present the financial benefits from changing elements of the trans-Tasman journey.

    Please note this report has been compiled from an Australian tourism sector perspective.