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$4 billion COVID-19 economic relief package
The Queensland Government announced a $4 billion COVID-19 economic relief package to support health, jobs, households and Queensland businesses.
This is in addition to the $27.25 million coronavirus industry recovery package.
Economic recovery plan
The Queensland Government has announced the second stage of the state’s economic reset, The Queensland Economic Recovery Strategy: Unite and Recover for Queensland Jobs to help the State recover from COVID-19 with a focus on backing Queensland jobs.
Far North Queensland Tourism Industry Economic Recovery package
The $11.3 million Far North Queensland Tourism Industry Economic Recovery page will deliver immediate benefits and provide cash flow relief to help tourism and events businesses to survive and revive.
The package will support tourism business in targeted areas in Far North Queensland, and includes:
- $3 million North Queensland Events Recovery Package
- $1.82 million to extend the existing rental rebate and fee relief arrangement by Ports North, provided to its commercial tourism operators and other port customers for a further three months from 30 September 2020 to 31 December 2020. This will assist Reef Fleet Operators with commercial berths and property leases; Cityport Food & Beverage and Retail Outlets; Commercial Fishermen; Shipyards and/or Industrial Land Tenants.
- $6.5 million for 4 shovel-ready projects, delivered as part of the Growing Tourism Infrastructure 2020/21 Fund, creating 127 construction jobs and more than 50 ongoing jobs.
COVID-19 Marine Tourism Rebate
The $2 million COVID-19 Marine Tourism Rebate program will directly support North Queensland based marine tourism businesses operating vessels in the Livingstone, Townsville, Douglas and Whitsunday local government areas. The program aims to support tourism vessel operators that have suffered losses of income because of the COVID-19 travel restrictions, and is designed to assist eligible applicants by offsetting the cost of privately owned marina berthing fees. Applications are now open, and the program will close once all funding has been allocated.
COVID-19 International Tourism Adaptation Program
The $5 million COVID-19 International Tourism Adaptation Grant program will support regional Queensland tourism businesses that have suffered losses of income because of the international travel restrictions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The tourism business headquarters must be located in Queensland and primarily operate outside the Greater Brisbane Area of Brisbane City Council, Redlands City Council, Logan City Council, Ipswich City Council and Moreton Bay Regional Council boundaries. The funds are to be used to assist tourism businesses to pivot to a domestic market, or hibernate until international markets reopen. Applications opened on 2 October 2020 and the program will close once all funding has been allocated.
Growing Tourism Infrastructure Fund 2020/21
The $25 million Growing Tourism Infrastructure Fund 2020/21 will fast-track the development of new and enhanced tourism infrastructure projects that will strengthen Queensland’s tourism industry and deliver economic benefits to Queensland. Registrations are now closed.
Queensland Tourism Icons program 2020
Icons are the backbone of Queensland’s tourism industry and support thousands of jobs across the state. The $25 million Queensland Tourism Icons Program 2020 (QTIP) will support the tourism enterprises and experiences that are considered to be essential as key marketing ‘demand-drivers’ to support the resilience of the broader industry during the industry’s recovery from COVID-19.
$5 million for flights within Queensland
This program will invest $5 million to support 15 regional airports and Brisbane airport to negotiate with airlines to establish new routes or reopen pre-COVID19 services in regional Queensland and into Brisbane.
$10 million to bring tourists back from outside Queensland
This program will invest $10 million for key regional airports and Brisbane airport to work in partnership with Tourism and Events Queensland to secure aviation routes into regional Queensland and into Brisbane from interstate and other markets. With the growing likelihood of interstate borders opening, this funding will help swell tourism numbers to the state from intrastate and interstate and support local jobs to benefit all Queenslanders.
Flights from Gold Coast to Cairns
The Queensland Government is supporting the recommencement of flights direct from the Gold Coast to Cairns, through Jetstar Airways, to boost the region’s tourism industry. The service has been suspended since March as a result of the ongoing impacts of COVID-19, but will resume with the services doubled to 19 flights a week. The recommencement of these flights is a great boost for Queensland's intrastate travel and will bring much needed visitors to the region and support jobs for Queensland.
Flights from Brisbane to Whitsundays
The Queensland Government is supporting new flights direct from Brisbane to the Whitsundays, through Alliance Airlines, to boost the region’s tourism industry. The partnership with Whitsundays Regional Council will see Alliance Airlines fly four times a week from Brisbane to Whitsunday Coast Airport. The new service will encourage travel to the region with increased flights and convenience.
Flights from Sunshine Coast to Cairns
The Queensland Government is also supporting new flights between the Sunshine Coast and Cairns, through Alliance Airlines. These flights will be a great boost for Queensland's intrastate travel with three return services per week expected to start in mid-July 2020. These four flights will bring much needed visitors to these regional centres and support jobs for Queensland.
Support for Queensland’s whale watching operators
The Queensland Government is waiving the annual commercial whale watching fee for the 2020 season for operators affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Whale watching is an important tourism driver for the state and this support will help whale watching operators as they recover for the annual whale migration.
Small business COVID-19 adaption grant program
The Small business COVID-19 adaption grant program supports small business subject to closure or highly impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) shutdown restrictions to adapt and build resilience.
Last updated: 31 Aug 2020