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​Tourism is an important economic driver for Western Australia and will play an important role in the State’s recovery post COVID-19.

To support WA tourism businesses to reactivate and adapt to a gradual reopening of the travel market, the WA Government, through Tourism WA, has committed $10.4 million to the Western Australian Tourism Recovery Fund, under the WA Tourism Recovery Program.

This Fund gives eligible small tourism businesses including accommodation providers, tour and transport operators and tourism attractions or experience businesses with annual Australian taxable wages of less than $1 million, an opportunity to apply for a $6,500 cash payment.

The payment can be used for a range of fixed costs and recovery expenses outlined in the WA Tourism Recovery Fund Guidelines below.

To receive the payment, businesses must have a valid Australian Business Number (ABN) and be an active member of one of the following tourism associations and/or hold accreditation through an approved program including:

  • A Regional Tourism Organisation (RTO): Australia’s North West, Australia’s Coral Coast, Destination Perth, Australia’s South West or Australia’s Golden Outback;
  • The Western Australian Indigenous Tourism Operators Council (WAITOC);
  • Accredited via the Australian Tourism Accreditation Program, STAR Rating Australia Program, Eco Certification Program or the Caravan/Holiday Park Accreditation Program.

As part of the application process, businesses are also required to submit a Tourism Business Recovery Plan.

Businesses 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 advisors; publications and promotions agents; or retail precincts.

To apply please:

  1. Review the WA Tourism Recovery Fund Guidelines, which includes General Terms and Conditions and FAQs to determine the eligibility of your business.
  2. Review and complete the WA Tourism Business Recovery Plan 2020/21 to support your application.
  3. Apply here.

Applications close at 6pm AWST, Friday, June 12, 2020.

Last Reviewed: 2020-05-13