About tourism and business
How is RET involved?
Other Government programs
Support for tourism businesses
There are a range of programs administered by the Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism (RET) and more broadly across the Australian Government to assist small businesses, including tourism businesses.
|Supporting small tourism businesses|
Factsheet providing information to support small businesses
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|Programs and Resources to Aid Indigenous Tourism Development|
Provides information on programs available across government to assist Indigenous tourism businesses.
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|Programs and Resources for Responding to Climate Change|
Provides information on Australian Government programs and resources that may benefit the tourism industry when responding to climate change issues.
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|Crisis Management Resources for Tourism|
Provides information on whole-of-government arrangements for emergencies that may benefit the tourism industry when addressing crisis management.
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|Industry Resilience Kit|
Practical self-help guides for mitigating risks and improving business continuity, available in two tailored versions for tourism businesses and for Regional Tourism Organisations.
|Industry Resilience Kit for tourism businesses|| [PDF 24MB]|| [DOC 10MB]|
|Industry Resilience Kit for Regional Tourism Organisations|| [PDF 24MB]|| [DOC 9MB]|
|The Kit also includes a quick reference Z-card and five video case-studies available on youtube. |
Industry Resilience Kit video case-studies
How is RET involved?
- National Long-Term Tourism Strategy
The National Long-Term Tourism Strategy focuses on creating a policy framework that will support industry growth and provide industry with the tools to compete more effectively in the global economy. Tourism 2020 was released on 6 December 2011 as an update to the National Long-Term Tourism Strategy.
- Tourism Industry Regional Development Fund (TIRF) Grants program
The TIRF Grants program offers competitive grants from $50,000–$250,000 (GST exclusive) on a matched dollar-for-dollar funding basis. A major focus of the program is to improvie the quality of accommodation and attractions in regional areas. Funding is also available for innovative projects to attract interstate and international visitors and extend their length of stay.
- T-QUAL Grants program
The T-QUAL Grants program supports the development of quality tourism products and experiences through the provision of grants to assist both small-scale and larger-scale projects.
- T-QUAL Accreditation
T-QUAL Accreditation is the new national tourism accreditation framework, identifiable by a national accreditation symbol of quality—the T-QUAL Tick.
- China Approved Destination Status (ADS) scheme
The China ADS scheme underpins the growing Chinese inbound tourism market. The ADS scheme allows Australia to host group leisure tour groups from China and permits the Australian Government, through Tourism Australia, to promote Australia as a travel destination in China.
Other government programs
- Enterprise Connect
Provides tailored business advisory services for small and medium sized businesses, including tourism businesses.
A whole of government service providing information on planning, starting and growing businesses.
- Grant and Assistance Finder Tool
Provides the ability to search for grant funding and support provided by the Australian, state and territory governments.