Recovery for regional tourism

Status: applications closed

The Recovery for Regional Tourism program helps Australian regions reliant on international tourism. The program helps fund projects that:

  • keep and create jobs
  • improve tourism product offering
  • increase demand, and
  • attract visitors.

Eligible applicants

Applicants are usually a Regional Tourism Organisation (RTO) or a State Tourism Organisation (STO) from an eligible region below.

Eligible regions

Tourism region

Maximum Australian Government contribution

Australia’s South West (Western Australia)

$1,250,000

Gold Coast (Queensland)

$10,000,000

Kangaroo Island (South Australia)

$3,500,000

Lasseter and Alice Springs (Northern Territory)

$3,500,000

North Coast (New South Wales)

$1,250,000

Phillip Island region (Victoria)

$3,500,000

State of Tasmania  

$13,500,000

Tropical North Queensland (Queensland)

$10,000,000

Whitsundays and Mackay region (Queensland)

$3,500,000

 

Funding allocations consider the economic gross value added by international visitors and tourism employment in the region.

Program dates

Applications opened on 30 November 2020 and closed on 30 September 2021.

The program was announced on 27 September 2020.

Funding available

The Recovery for Regional Tourism program offers $50 million for eligible applicants.

This initiative is part of the $1 billion COVID-19 Relief and Recovery Fund.

Eligible projects

Mandatory requirements include projects that:

  • create and retain tourism jobs
  • drive interstate tourism, with dependencies on borders being open.

Highly desirable requirements are projects that:

  • meet identified regional needs
  • can achieve results quickly, to aid rapid economic recovery in the region
  • encourage product and market diversification and adaptation.

Approved projects

We update the list of approved projects regularly:

Media releases

Read media releases for your region on the Trade Minister’s website:

Australia’s South West (Western Australia)

Gold Coast (Queensland)

Kangaroo Island (South Australia)

Lasseter and Alice Springs (Northern Territory)

Phillip Island region (Victoria)

State of Tasmania 

Tropical North Queensland (Queensland)

Whitsundays and Mackay region (Queensland)

More information

Contact us 

Email: RegionalTourismRecovery@austrade.gov.au