Updated 16 December 2020
The Federal Government has recognised the travel sector and its critical importance to the Australian economy and public by announcing a financial support package of $128 million in cash grants.
Applications for the COVID-19 Consumer Travel Support Program for eligible travel agents and tour arranging service businesses are now open.
Under the scheme, eligible parties will receive a one-off cash grant. Grants will be scaled, starting with a minimum payment of $1,500 for a business with a turnover of $50,000 up to a maximum payment of $100,000 for a business with a turnover of $20 million.
Eligible businesses have until midnight 13 March 2021 to claim.
To understand the eligibility criteria and how the cash grant will be allocated please read the FAQs by clicking here.
We strongly recommend that you also read the Grant Program Guidelines below before applying.
To learn more and apply click here.
Businesses need to make an online application using the Services Australia Business Hub and if you need further guidance around the application process please Services Australia by calling 1800 560 774.
Additional information is also available at austrade.gov.au.
Read AFTA's media release here.
Travel agents are a central part of the travel and tourism supply chain.
Travel agents help to preserve the travel and tourism ecosystem by ensuring the delicate balance between inbound and outbound passenger movements is maintained. Without the efforts of travel agents to support international travel, Australia’s inbound tourism numbers will be significantly at risk.
AFTA represents 4,000 travel businesses a workforce of 40,000 Australians. 71% of AFTA's membership base are SMEs.