Supporting Australia’s exhibiting zoos and aquariums program
On 28 April 2020 the Australian Government announced it would provide $94.6 million for the Supporting Australia’s exhibiting zoos and aquariums program. This assistance is part of the $1 billion Relief and Recovery Fund which is providing assistance to sectors, regions and communities disproportionately affected by the economic impacts of COVID-19.
The program will provide funding to eligible exhibiting zoos and aquariums whose revenue from tourism has been impacted by the travel and social distancing restrictions in place to limit the spread of the Coronavirus. It focuses on businesses 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.
The program will help eligible exhibiting zoos and aquariums to maintain their animal populations by assisting with animal welfare costs like feed, enclosure, health and other specialised care and utilities directly related to the housing and caring for animals.
Austrade will administer the program, which has been developed in consultation the Zoo and Aquarium Association (ZAA), the Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment and state and territory tourism organisations (STOs).
Austrade will send eligible applicants an email with an invitation letter in May. The invitation letter will also provide them with a link to the application form.
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. The list of eligible applicants, compiled in consultation with ZAA and STOs, will be detailed in the program guidelines.