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COVID-19 Marine Tourism Rebate

Marine tourism vessel operators in North Queensland form a key part of the state’s tourism industry.

The $2 million COVID-19 Marine Tourism Rebate program is a key element of the Queensland Economic Recovery Strategy: Unite and Recover for Queensland Jobs to help accelerate the state’s recovery from COVID-19.

The program provides financial assistance to marine tourism businesses operating vessels in the Livingstone, Townsville, Douglas, Whitsunday, Bundaberg, Burdekin, Cassowary Coast, Cairns, Cook, Fraser Coast, Gladstone, Hinchinbrook, Isaac and Mackay local government areas.

It directly supports tourism vessel operators who have suffered losses of income because of the COVID-19 travel restrictions. It is designed to assist eligible applicants in the above local government areas by offsetting the cost of privately owned marina berthing fees paid in 2020/21.

The assistance available under this program is a rebate up to a maximum amount of $20,000 (excluding GST) per operator.

Applications initially opened in September 2020 for the Douglas, Whitsunday, Livingstone and Townsville local government areas.

The program has now been extended to welcome applications from Bundaberg, Burdekin, Cassowary Coast, Cairns, Cook, Fraser Coast, Gladstone, Hinchinbrook, Isaac and Mackay local government areas.

To apply visit the QRIDA application portal.

For more information, see the Funding guidelines and Frequently asked questions.

  • 93.2%

    Funds requested

  • 131

    Applications submitted

Correct as at 11.30 am AEST 27 November 2020

Last updated: 27 Nov 2020