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WA Tourism and Travel Agent Support Fund 2021


The jointly funded $16.8 million WA Tourism and Travel Agent Support Fund was announced by the WA and Federal Governments on 22 August 2021.

This fund will be targeted at businesses operating in the accommodation, tourism attraction and experience, tour and transport (travel and transfer services), and travel agents that have been impacted by the lockdowns and border restrictions that are in place across Australia.
Delivered through Tourism WA, the funding program offers payments of between $2,000 and $10,000 to eligible tourism businesses and travel agents.  

Tourism businesses and travel agents need to meet the eligibility criteria set out in the WA Tourism and Travel Agent Support Fund 2021 program guidelines.

Funding 

Scaling will be informed by business turnover*.

1. Impacted sole traders ($2,000)

  • Sole traders or for businesses that do not employ staff that have been impacted by a reduction in turnover by 30 per cent or more.

2. Impacted small business operators ($2,000)

  • For employing businesses with an annual turnover between $50,000 and $100,000 and have been impacted by a reduction in turnover by 30 per cent or more.

3. Impacted small businesses with employees ($5,000)

  • Employing businesses with an annual turnover of more than $100,000 and up to $1 million and have been impacted by a reduction in turnover by 30 per cent or more.

4. Impacted medium businesses ($10,000)

  • Employing businesses with an annual turnover of more than $1 million and up to $10 million, and have been impacted by a reduction in turnover by 30 per cent or more.

Applicants must also have experienced at least a 30 per cent reduction in turnover* when comparing the following two time periods: 

  • Period 1 - Saturday 15 May to Friday 25 June 2021 (6 weeks); and
  • Period 2 - Saturday 10 July to Friday 20 August 2021 (6 weeks).

WA tourism businesses and travel agents that are unable to demonstrate a 30 per cent reduction in turnover during the defined period, but have been severely challenged by hardship, can complete the Hardship Impact Pathway section of the WA Tourism and Travel Agent Support Fund 2021 application form. While not eligible for support through the funding program, the information provided may be used to inform future financial assistance programs.

To apply for the WA Tourism and Travel Agent Support Fund 2021:

Applications close at 3pm AWST, Thursday, 30 September 2021.

If you have any questions, please email the grants support team at tourismfund@westernaustralia.com

*The definition of turnover is available in the funding program guidelines.


WA Tourism Recovery Program

Please note, the WA Tourism Recovery Program has now closed. This includes the Tourism Business Survival Grant, and the Tourism Recovery Fund.

The WA Government, through Tourism WA, committed $14.4 million to the WA Tourism Recovery Program; a package to support the tourism industry during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This support package consisted of two funding programs; the Tourism Recovery Fund and the Tourism Business Survival Grant.

On October 5, 2020 the WA Government announced the outstanding funding from the Tourism Recovery Fund would be used for the Tourism Business Survival Grant program which attracted hundreds of applications.

Tourism Business Survival Grant

The Tourism Business Survival Grant provided successful eligible tourism operators demonstrating extreme business hardship with grants of $15,000 to $100,000.

This was a competitive process and applicants were assessed on the level of hardship their business faced, its importance to the local tourism industry, how they have marketed their business in the past and if they had a recovery plan for the future.

Applications for the Tourism Business Survival Grant closed on  July 6, 2020 and all successful applicants have been notified of the outcome.

View the list of Successful applicants (PDF 428KB).

Tourism Recovery Fund

The Tourism Recovery Fund provided immediate support to successful eligible applicants with one-off funding of $6,500.   

Applications for the Tourism Recovery Fund closed on  June 12, 2020 and successful applicants have been notified of the outcome.


Last Reviewed: 2021-09-06