Previous Tourism Grants

Austrade provided competitive grants for a range of projects to support the tourism industry under the T-QUAL Grants Programme and the Tourism Industry Regional Development Fund (TIRF) Grants Programme. All projects were completed by June 2015 and there will be no further grants rounds under these programmes.

Tourism grants funding is focused on demand-driver infrastructure for the tourism industry.

View further information on the Tourism Demand-Driver Infrastructure Programme.

Tourism Industry Regional Development Fund (TIRF) Grants Programme

The TIRF Grants Programme offered competitive grants from $50,000–$250,000 (GST exclusive) on a matched dollar-for-dollar funding basis. A major focus of the program was to improve the quality of accommodation and attractions in regional areas. Funding was also available for innovative projects to attract interstate and international visitors and extend their length of stay.

Round 1 of the TIRF Grants Programme opened in October 2012 with successful applicants announced in March 2013. Details of all successful applicant projects and their locations are provided below.

There will be no further rounds of the TIRF Grants Programme.

T-QUAL Grants Programme

T-QUAL Grants were offered in two separate streams:
  1. T-QUAL – Tourism Quality Projects Grants
  2. T-QUAL – Strategic Tourism Investment Grants.

About T-QUAL Grants—Tourism Quality Projects

T-QUAL Tourism Quality Projects Grants was a competitive grants programme which offered matched funding of between $15,000 and $100,000 for smaller-scale projects to support tourism industry development. There were grants rounds in 2011, 2012 and 2013. The 2013 round announced on 26 July 2013 was the final funding round for the programme.

About Strategic Tourism Investment Grants

T-QUAL Strategic Tourism Investment Grants (STIG) offered matched funding of up to $1 million to eligible nationally significant and innovative tourism projects aimed at developing Indigenous tourism, economic development and/or tourism employment.

A total of eight STIG projects were funded over the life of the programme. Organisations who have received grants are responsible for ensuring that the projects continue after the STIG funding period—either under their own management or by establishing other suitable ongoing governance arrangements. All funded STIG projects were completed by 2014-15.

No further T-QUAL Strategic Tourism Investment Grants will be offered.

Strategic Tourism Investment Grants Projects

  • Australia's National Landscapes project
    Grant applications to deliver this project closed on 30 May 2012 and TRC Tourism was announced as the successful applicant. This project was completed in February 2014.
  • Huānyíng nín—Welcoming Chinese Visitors project
    Grant applications to deliver this project closed on 20 April 2012 and a consortium led by AVANA Learning Pty Ltd was announced as the successful applicant.
  • Indigenous Product Development project
    Grant applications to deliver this project closed on 30 May 2012 and four projects were successful in receiving funding.
    • Dreamworld received a T-QUAL Strategic Tourism Investment Grant of $1 million (excluding GST) to develop the Australian Aboriginal Wildlife Experience.
    • Lirrwi Yolngu Aboriginal Corporation received a T-QUAL Strategic Tourism Investment Grant of $825,000 (excluding GST) to develop a Cultural Tourism Masterplan for the Arnhem Land Region.
    • Southern Cross University received a T-QUAL Strategic Tourism Investment Grant of $78,200 (excluding GST) to inform the feasibility of developing the Indigenous tourism products ‘Songlines’ and ‘Nomad’s Palace’.
    • Goolarri Media Enterprises Pty Ltd received a T-QUAL Strategic Tourism Investment Grant of $100,000 (excluding GST) for a multi-arts performance to highlight the unique multiculturalism which attracts visitors to Broome.
  • Indigenous Tourism Business Quality and Skills project
    Grant applications to deliver this project closed on 5 January 2012 and William Angliss Institute was announced as the successful applicant. This project was completed in February 2014.
  • Servicing Chinese Visitors project
    Grant applications to deliver this project closed on 29 April 2013 and AVANA Learning Pty Ltd was announced as the successful applicant.