Updates – Tourism Australia



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Our next webinar: hear from Sydney Airport CEO, Intrepid Group CEO and Australian Traveller MD

Tourism Australia’s next webinar will take place on Friday 3 July at 11am. We will be joined by Geoff Culbert (CEO of Sydney Airport) who will be sharing insights on how Sydney Airport is facing coronavirus, James Thornton (CEO of Intrepid Group) who will be talking about how Intrepid is adjusting its model, and about their focus on sustainability, and Quentin Long (MD of Australian Traveller) will update us on the latest trends in travel media. Regist



AUS: New COVID-19 restriction checker launched 

The Australian Government has launched a new restriction checker to help consumers navigate the varying restrictions in each state and territory. Click here to find out the restrictions that apply in your state or territory. 


AUS: Review of the Working Holiday Maker Program 

The Australian Government’s Joint Standing Committee on Migration has launched an inquiry into the Working Holiday Maker program to ensure it is working effectively to support the tourism, health care and agriculture sectors during the COVID-19 economic recovery. Submissions are invited by 24 July 2020. More information is available here. 


NSW: Apply for the event management scholarships program  

Future industry leaders living in regional areas across the State can now apply for one of 12 event management scholarships thanks to the NSW Government’s partnership with Meetings and Events Australia (MEA). Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said the scholarships, which are each valued at $7,500, aim to boost regional economies by upskilling those who are working in the events industry.  Scholarship applications close on Friday 17 July 2020. For more information and to apply for a scholarship, visit meetinnsw.com.au/scholarships 


QLD: Outback tourism attractions to share in $3 million of Icons funding  

The funding boost for outback tourism operators has been set aside from the $25 million Queensland Tourism Icons Program. The Premier has asked the Outback Queensland Tourism Association to advise on how it should be allocated. 


SA: Last callout for applications to SA Bushfire Appeal

South Australians affected by the summer’s devastating Kangaroo Island and Adelaide Hills bushfires are being urged to apply for their share of more than $8.8 million in gift payments from the SA Bushfire Appeal. Minister for Human Services Michelle Lensink encouraged people within affected communities to apply for the financial assistance before applications close on 31 July 2020. To find out more, or apply for funding visit the SA Bushfire Appeal website



ABS: Positive signs for travel spending when restrictions ease 

Australians who had reduced spending on items including eating out and recreational activities due to COVID-19 are expecting this to increase when restrictions ease, according to latest data from the 

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).  A household survey conducted mid-June asked about domestic and international travel intentions, as well as how soon people intended to travel after restrictions were lifted. More than half  (55 per cent) were planning to go on a domestic holiday while less than a third (29 per cent) were planning an international holiday. Of those planning a domestic holiday, 20 per cent intended to go within the following month and a further two thirds (68 per cent) within the following six months. Those planning international travel were more likely to intend to travel within six to 12 months (44 per cent) or later (31 per cent). 

Booking.com: Where in Australia are Aussies planning to visit next? 

New data from Booking.com has found the Gold Coast to be the most searched destination in June, followed by Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Canberra. In terms of non-metro destinations, Byron Bay topped the list, followed by Jindabyne, Newcastle, Airlie Beach, and Noosa Heads. 





AUS: National Cabinet Meeting Outcomes

The National Cabinet met on Friday to further discuss Australia’s current COVID-19 response, easing restrictions in the coming months, helping Australians prepare to go back to work in a COVID-safe environment and getting the economy moving again. The Meeting agreed, among other things, that under Step 3 of the Framework for a COVID-safe Australia, states and territories can allow small premises to apply a one-person, per two square-metre rule with a COVID-safe plan in place. Cabinet also requested the AHPPC to develop a roadmap for re-opening arts and entertainment venues. Read the complete summary of meeting outcomes here

NT: Mandatory self-quarantine for travellers from hotspots 

Mandatory self-quarantine rules will apply for all interstate arrivals  to the Northern Territory until 17 July, and for arrivals from COVID-19 “hot spots” from that date. Hot spots will be identified by state or territory governments, or by the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee, and listed on coronavirus.nt.gov.au 

SA: Step 3 restrictions now in place 

South Australia has moved to Step 3 of its restrictions. From today, while physical distancing of 1.5 m is still encouraged, social distancing requirements within venues will be reduced to one person per two square metres. All businesses, activities and gatherings allowed under Step 3 are listed in the Public activities direction no 3. Businesses and defined public activities that do not have a COVIDSafe Plan must complete a plan before they can commence - create a COVID-Safe Plan

TAS: Borders to re-open on 24 July 

Premier Peter Gutwein on Friday announced that Tasmania would re-open its borders on 24 July. He stressed however, that if the public health advice at that time, or in the immediate lead up to 24 July is that it is not safe to open – borders will remain closed. In the lead up to re-opening, the circumstances in other states and territories will be reviewed on a weekly basis and a formal review of Victoria’s situation will take place in two weeks’ time. 

VIC: COVID-19 testing now mandatory for returned travellers in hotel quarantine 

The test will be a prerequisite to release from the current 14-day quarantine. Any returning travellers who refuse to comply with testing will be required to remain in quarantine for a further 10 days to ensure they pose no risk of introducing coronavirus to the Victorian community. 

WA: Further easing of restrictions – WA moves to Phase 4 of its roadmap 

Western Australia’s COVID-19 restrictions have been relaxed even further, as WA’s roadmap is updated to complete the removal of all restrictions. 



EU countries may block visitors from the USA and other countries when borders reopen on 1 July 

European Union countries desperate to revive their economies and reopen their borders to tourists may bar Americans from entering because US efforts to contain the coronavirus pandemic have not stopped a steady rise in cases and deaths, the New York Times reported Tuesday. EU nations are considering potential lists of visitors who would be acceptable based on how their countries are handling the pandemic, and they include China, where the outbreak began, along with Brazil, Russia and developing nations such Uganda, Cuba and Vietnam. Visitors from the US and elsewhere have been excluded from visiting the EU, with exceptions for repatriations or “essential travel,” since mid-March. But members will make a final decision on who can and who cannot enter before the bloc reopens for travel on July 1. 

China locks down 400,000 people in response to virus spike near Beijing 

The restrictions have come into force in Anxin country in Hebei province near the capital. Officials announced on Sunday that Anxin would be “fully enclosed and controlled”. The restrictions are similar to those imposed at the height of the pandemic in Wuhan, where the outbreak emerged, earlier this year. 


Phillipa Harrison
Managing Director | Tourism Australia