AFTA's role within the travel and tourism industry involves addressing major issues relating to the operation of all travel agencies in Australia, at both a State and Federal level. AFTA prides itself on being the industry watchdog where it ensures that the viewpoint of the agent is transmitted through media outlets and advocating through lobbying activities.
Aside from playing an instrumental role in both Australia and global policy and promotion, AFTA also provides of diverse range of member benefits including financial, legal, marketing, accounting, education and training.
Monitoring Government regulation of the industry and lobbying when required.
Monitoring licensing regulations and legislation changes and lobbying when required.
Matters involving the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission (ACCC) and their role in regulating the industry.
Maintenance and negotiation of the Industrial Award affecting industry employees.
Lobbying on behalf of the travel & tourism industry across any areas which may have an adverse outcome for businesses.
Co-operative working with organisations and industry associations in order to secure the position of travel agents, including;
Promotion of tourism with focus and emphasis on outbound and domestic tourism.
Hosting the AFTA National Travel Industry Awards, recognising achievements of those within the industry.
Involvement in global councils that make decisions that affect the operations of travel agents in Australia to ensure the Australian agent position is protected.
Advice to members regarding Industrial Relations and Human Resources law.
Advice to members involving resolution of difficulties with clients and suppliers.
Providing a mediation service for members between the member and clients (where necessary) in order to avoid litigation of Fair Trading hearings.
Develops and sells a complete set of nationally accredited and industry-relevant training modules for Certificate III in Travel to end-users including AFTA colleges, other private colleges, universities, TAFE, schools, individual learners (through AFTA External Studies Program), and travel industry partners.
Facilitating the Australian Travel Professionals Program (ATPP) the leading industry Professional Accreditation Program, promoting professionalism through continued education and training.
Forging the Workforce Futures Skills Advisor Network, offering skilled and qualified advisors will work with your business to identify and respond to specific workforce needs whilst offering support and mentoring.
Governing body responsible for the administration and ongoing marketing of the AFTA Travel Accreditation Scheme (ATAS).