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.

Regional Tourism Bushfire Recovery Grants

On 11 February 2020, the Australian Government announced the Regional Tourism Bushfire Recovery Grants program, a $10 million grants program which has been drawn from the Bushfire Recovery Fund. The program is part of the Government’s $76 million tourism recovery package to protect jobs, small businesses and local economies by helping get tourists travelling into bushfire affected regions.

Applications can be made in two streams. Applications for the program opened 17 February 2020.

Stream 1 applications close 5:00pm (AEDT), Friday, 18 December 2020
Stream 2 applications close 5:00pm (AEST), Friday, 8 May 2020

Grants are available for eligible local government authorities and regional tourism organisations in bushfire affected areas. Applicants will be invited to apply by Austrade.

The grants will support events, concerts, festivals and visitor attractions in fire affected regions to assist with recovery efforts and encourage visitation back to the areas.

Tourism Demand Driver Infrastructure (TDDI)

The Tourism Demand-Driver Infrastructure (TDDI) programme commenced in July 2014 and terminated in June 2018. The Commonwealth provided funding of $43.1 million over four years to the State and Territory governments. Through TDDI, each State and Territory determined the processes used to allocate the TDDI funding in their own jurisdiction, and which projects received TDDI funding. The projects were strategically aligned with relevant state, regional and destination plans, and were aimed at driving demand, improving quality and increasing tourism expenditure, in order to assist the tourism industry to meet Tourism 2020 targets. For information on the program and other grant programs, email

Export Market Development Grants (EMDG)

The Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) scheme is a key Australian Government financial assistance program for aspiring and current exporters. Administered by Austrade, the scheme supports a wide range of industry sectors and products, including inbound tourism and the export of intellectual property and know-how outside Australia.

The EMDG scheme:

  • encourages small and medium sized Australian businesses to develop export markets
  • reimburses up to 50% of eligible export promotion expenses above $5,000 provided that the total expenses are at least $15,000
  • provides up to eight (8) grants to each eligible applicant.

Grant Finder

Grant Finder helps you locate the grants and assistance programs most relevant to your business.

Grants and other funding programs are available for businesses from the Australian, state and territory governments, and in some cases from local councils. You can search through a wide variety of grants in many categories, including developing your business, innovation and education.