Date posted: 20/05/2020 4 min read

WA to provide A$14.4m support for tourism operators

COVID-19 has resulted in unprecedented impacts on WA tourism

In Brief

  • The Western Australian Government will offer one-off cash grants to provide immediate support
  • Business survival grants will be available for tourism operators dealing with exceptionally difficult circumstances
  • Visit the Tourism WA website for further information

The Western Australian Government has announced two funding programs worth a total A$14.4million to support tourism in the state.

"In only a few short months, WA tourism has gone from enjoying record international and interstate visitor numbers to a complete industry shutdown," Tourism Minister Paul Papalia said.

Recovery program

Initially, one-off cash grants of A$6,500 (which will total up to A$10.4 million) will provide immediate support to the about 1600 small businesses in WA.

This one-off grant will support eligible operators with annual taxable wages of less than A$1 million. This includes accommodation, attraction, tour and transport businesses.

To qualify, businesses will need to:

  • have a valid Australian Business Number (ABN) and be an active part of the WA tourism industry through membership of one of the state's eligible tourism organisations, or tourism accreditation programs
  • submit a tourism business recovery plan as a part of the application process to outline how the funding will be used and indicate how their product, service or experience could be adapted.

Business that are not eligible include:

  • those that do not meet the eligibility criteria
  • privately-owned residences used for short-stay accommodation (such as holiday homes, apartments, etc)
  • government-owned and operated attractions and accommodation
  • local government authorities, visitor centres, member associations, booking agents, event management companies, events, consultants and advisers, publications and promotions agents, or retail precincts.

For more information on the Tourism Recovery Fund and the online application form, refer to Tourism WA’s website.

WA tourism business survival grants

An additional A$4 million will be provided through a tourism business survival grants package that will provide grants of between A$25,000 and A$100,000 to tourism operators dealing with exceptionally difficult circumstances.

More information on the tourism business survival grants package for operators dealing with exceptionally difficult circumstances, including how to apply, will be released shortly.

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