Tourism and business

On 11 March 2021, the Australian Government has announced a $1.2 billion support package for the tourism and aviation sector. 

This support includes:

Austrade, through its role in tourism policy, connects tourism across the wider spectrum of work supporting Australian businesses and the attraction of investment into Australia.

According to 2018–19 data, Australia’s tourism industry comprises around 300,000 businesses across sectors such as accommodation, cafes, restaurants and takeaway food services, retail trade and transport.

In the same year there were 666,000 people directly employed in tourism in Australia, with another 370,000 working to provide goods and services to the industry.

Unfortunately the impacts of COVID-19 on the Australian tourism industry has been devastating. The government have provided support to the industry through a range of programs.

Business events

Austrade and Tourism Australia support industry through the event bidding and delivery process to strengthen Australia’s share of the international business events market.

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COVID-19 Consumer Travel Support

The COVID-19 Consumer Travel Support program provides one off payments to assist travel agents and tour arrangement service providers who have been impacted by the global pandemic.

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Tourism Aviation Network Support

The Tourism Aviation Network Support program encourages domestic tourists to travel to key regions that have been significantly impacted by the loss of international tourism.

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Recovery for Regional Tourism

Information on the Recovery for Regional Tourism program, that will deliver tailored assistance to nine tourism regions heavily reliant on international tourism which have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.

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Grants

Austrade and Tourism Australia support industry through the event bidding and delivery process to strengthen Australia’s share of the international business events market.

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SME Loan Guarantee Scheme

The SME Loan Guarantee Scheme has been expanded and extended to support up to $40 billion in lending to small and medium enterprises.

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Support for business

Information on planning, starting and growing businesses and the ability to search for grant funding and support provided by the Australian, state and territory governments.

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Develop your workforce

Workforce planning and development is crucial for the tourism industry to remain competitive and relevant.

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Investing in tourism

Austrade provides coordinated government assistance to promote, attract and facilitate investment into tourism infrastructure in Australia.

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Working with China

Information on Chinese cultural awareness and engagement for the Australian tourism industry to improve service quality and enhance the capacity of industry to better understand and service the Chinese traveller.

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