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WA Tourism Recovery Program

The WA Government has launched a multi-million dollar recovery package to support small tourism operators around the State to adapt and refocus their businesses in the COVID-19 landscape.

The $14.4 million initiative includes two funding programs:

  1. An initial $10.4 million WA Tourism Recovery Fund comprising one-off cash grants of $6,500 for up to 1,600 individual small businesses around the State.
  2. A $4 million Tourism Business Survival Grants package, which will be available for tourism operators dealing with exceptionally difficult circumstances — with grants of $25,000-$100,000. 

More information on the Tourism Business Survival Grants package, including how businesses can apply, will be released shortly.

To apply for the WA Tourism Recovery Fund, visit the WA Tourism Recovery Program page.

Other WA Government support

Details about the WA Government's stimulus package are available on the WA Government website.

The State Government has announced a $1 billion COVID-19 economic package which includes assistance for WA small and medium-sized businesses experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19. Find out more here or in the Premier's media statement.

The package builds on the $25 million rent relief package for businesses operating on government-owned premises. It also comes on top of the $607 million in relief and stimulus measures announced earlier in March.

In addition, cash injections of between $5,000 and $20,000 will be given to regional chambers of commerce that are struggling financially to aid business recovery. Read the Premier’s media release for more information.

Federal Government

The Australian Government's second wave of stimulus measures was announced on March 22. The first package was announced on March 12.

Changes have also been made to the welfare system to make it easier for people who have been stood down or made redundant because of COVID-19 to seek support. This includes the Jobseeker Payment. 

The Federal Government has introduced a Coronavirus SME Guarantee Scheme, to support small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Find out more information here

The Federal Government is also introducing the Jobkeeper Payment, which is a temporary subsidy program to support employees and businesses impacted by the coronavirus. The subsidy will allow businesses who have been significantly impacted by the outbreak to continue paying their employees and will also be available to the self-employed. Find out more on the Treasury website.

Other useful links include information on Boosting Cash Flow for Employers, and the Payroll Tax Guide

Useful phone numbers:

COVID-19 HOTLINE - 13COVID (13 26 843) 
Small Business Development Corporation - 133 140
Financial Counsellors Association of WA - 1800 007 007
Australian Banking Association – (02) 8298 0417

Last Reviewed: 2020-05-25