Supporting Australia’s Exhibiting Zoos and Aquariums Program

Extension Announcement

On 28 October 2020, the then Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, extended the Supporting Australia’s Exhibiting Zoos and Aquariums Program (the Program) for a further 6 months.

In April 2020, the Australian Government announced it would provide $94.6 million for the Program to run for 6 months from May 2020. This assistance is part of the $1 billion Relief and Recovery Fund that is helping sectors, regions and communities disproportionately affected by the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Program will continue to provide funding to eligible exhibiting zoos, aquariums and wildlife parks to maintain their animal populations where their tourism revenue has been affected by the travel and social distancing restrictions in place to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Austrade will continue to administer the Program, which was developed in consultation with the Zoo and Aquarium Association (ZAA), the Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment, and state and territory tourism organisations (STOs).

Updated information can be found below under Key documents. Austrade will contact all eligible applicants directly to provide information on the application process.

Eligible applicants

Eligible applicants are exhibiting zoos and aquariums that are important at a national, state or regional level as they contribute to conservation and presentation of animals and drive interstate and international visitation. Austrade consulted with ZAA and the STOs to develop the list of eligible applicants for the Program. Eligible applicants are listed in Annexure 1 of the Program Guidelines – new applicants cannot apply.

For further information please contact the Tourism Programs Team by phone on 1800 048 155 or by email at

Application Dates

Applications for Payment 1, 2 and 3 have now closed.

Applications for Payment 4 open 11 January 2021, and close 5:00pm AEDT, 5 February 2021.

Key documents