The following programs are now completed and no longer active. No further rounds will be offered.
For more information on any of these programs or to log in to access individual grant and eligibility requirements visit Grants Connect.
The Recovery for Regional Tourism program helped Australian regions reliant on international tourism. The program helped fund projects to:
Applicants were usually a Regional Tourism Organisation (RTO) or a State Tourism Organisation (STO) from an eligible region.
Maximum government contribution by tourism region was:
Applications opened on 30 November 2020 and closed on 30 September 2021. The program was announced on 27 September 2020.
The Recovery for Regional Tourism program offered $50 million for eligible applicants. This initiative was part of the $1 billion COVID-19 Relief and Recovery Fund.
Mandatory requirements included projects that:
Highly desirable requirements were projects that:
The government provided $75.5 million to support Round Three of the COVID-19 Consumer Travel Support Program (CTSP).
Austrade administered the CTSP. It provided grants to eligible travel agents and tours arrangement service providers. This helped businesses rebook travel using existing COVID-related credits.
Round three Opened 29 March 2022 and closed 20 April 2022, 5 pm (AEST).
Grant payments ranged from $7,500 to $90,000.
Log in to access individual grant and eligibility requirements on Grants Connect.
Read the More support for travel agents media release on the Trade website
We administered the Regional Tourism Bushfire Recovery Grants program. The program helped regions affected by the 2019-20 bushfires.
Two groups of applicants were eligible for funding:
The program opened on 11 February 2020. Applications for smaller events (stream 1) closed on 18 December 2020. Applications for larger events (stream 2) closed on 8 May 2020.
The $10 million grants program was part of the Australian Government’s $76 million funding package for tourism recovery.
Stream 1 supported smaller events, including promotion. Applicants could apply for more than one grant each to a total value of $30,000.
Stream 2 supported larger events, including promotion. Applicants were asked to include scalable funding proposals.
Find approved stream 1 (smaller events) projects on grants.gov.au by searching GO3689. Find approved stream 2 (larger events) projects on grants.gov.au by searching GO3955.
Members of the expert advisory panel were:
The Supporting Australia’s Exhibiting Zoos and Aquariums Program provided $139.6 million in funding.
The program supported eligible applicants. This included eligible exhibiting zoos, aquariums, and wildlife parks affected by the economic impacts of COVID-19.
The program ran from 2020 to . It opened to significant exhibiting zoos and aquariums to:
The funding was for maintaining animal populations where COVID-19 restrictions affected tourism revenue.
Consultations on the design of the program included:
Read about some positive outcomes:
The government’s Tourism and Aviation Network Support Program (TANS) discounted airfares to select tourism regions. Over 800,000 half-price airfares were available.
The program ran from 1 April 2021, for travel by 30 November 2021.
Read the TANS fact sheet (PDF 156KB) for more information about the program.
The TANS program was part of a $1.2 billion government support package. It encouraged Australians to travel to key regions greatly impacted by the loss of international tourism.