On 1 December 2020 the Australian Government announced a $128 million scheme to assist travel agents who have been impacted by COVID-19. Assistance will help businesses as they are operating in exceptional circumstances during the pandemic and continue to hold travel credits for consumers.
Under the COVID-19 Consumer Travel Support Program, eligible travel agents and tour arranging service businesses will be able to apply for a one-off taxable payment. Payments will be scaled based on the turnover of the business, with a minimum payment of $1,500 for a business with a turnover of $50,000 up to a maximum payment of $100,000 for a business with a turnover of $20 million.
To be eligible for a payment, a business will need to meet the following requirements:
The Australian Government has announced a second round of the COVID-19 Consumer Travel Support Program will be available. Information will be available soon.
More information, including eligibility and how to apply is available from Services Australia