AFTA sets and maintains Australian travel agent standards; representing the travel industry when addressing policy issues to state and federal governments and stakeholders.
From time to time AFTA will make submissions to Government on major issues facing the Australian travel industry. Our submissions aim to support the lowering of the barriers to allow more Australians to travel domestically and internationally.
AFTA's 2022-2023 Pre-Budget Submission calls for a Travel Sector Skills Retention and Impaired Recover package of $190 million to support the continued recovery of the travel sector.
The Submission highlights the fact that the travel industry remains in a stage of significantly impaired recovery due to the ongoing effects of COVID-19.
AFTA's 2020-21 Pre-Budget Submission with Treasury, urgently calls for a Sector Specific Support Package of $125 million as a result of COVID-19.
The Submission highlights the fact that travel agents, tour operators and travel wholesalers are on the pandemic frontline supporting consumers while being among the worst hit of Australian businesses with 90%-plus revenue drops and little sign of real recovery without the resumption of international travel.
March 2020: AFTA’s Travel Industry Emergency Package COVID-19 Response
On Thursday 19th March AFTA lodged AFTA’s Travel Industry Emergency Package COVID-19 Response with the Coronavirus Business Liaison Unit within Federal Treasury. AFTA is working with lobbyists to brief key decision makers within Government and the Opposition including the PM, Treasurer, Finance Minister, Opposition Leader and Treasury.
The submission outlines 8 key measures which the Government must enact to provide immediate relief to struggling businesses in desperate need of cashflow.
We are also making sure they understand the unique challenges the travel sector faces in terms of the purchase cycle, and the fact that the sector is more than just airlines.
January 2020: Commonwealth Pre-Budget Submission 2020-21
AFTA’s 2020-21 Commonwealth Pre-Budget Submission details initiatives that will support the growth of the travel and tourism sector, while also supporting the Government’s plan to bring the budget back to surplus.
The submission calls for the continuation of a freeze on the Passenger Movement Charge (PMC), along with supporting current levels of Government appropriation and support for the Department of Foreign Affairs, Consular Services and passenger facilitation.
In light of the recent devastating Australian bushfires, AFTA urges to Government to ensure the appropriation of funds from the National Bushfire Recovery Fund include ATAS accredited Australian based travel agency businesses for distribution arrangements, who are committed to advocating for the benefits of domestic tourism.
September 2019: Federal Government Calls for submissions relating to Add-On insurance reforms.
The Federal Treasury released a discussion paper which calls for reform in the way Add-On insurance may be sold in Australia following recommendations made in the Hayne Report (The Banking Royal Commission).
AFTA has prepared a detailed submission which supports the travel agency community for the continued sale of travel insurance under an exemption from the reform being suggested.
The submission outlines the current market, reasons why travel agents remain well placed for this exception and the value consumers gain by being able to continue to access travel insurance from travel agents.Download the submission
In the 2018-19 Budget, the Government announced it would introduce an economy-wide cash payment limit of $10,000 for payments made or accepted by businesses for goods and services. Transactions equal to, or in excess of this amount would need to be made using the electronic payment system or by cheque. The Black Economy Taskforce recommended this action to tackle tax evasion and other criminal activities.
The Government released for public consultation exposure draft legislation and accompanying explanatory material to implement the economy-wide cash payment limit from 1 January 2020 and for certain AUSTRAC reporting entities from 1 January 2021.
You can read the exposure draft legislation here: https://www.treasury.gov.au/consultation/c2019-t395788
Click here/below to read the AFTA submission to the draft legislation:
In February 2018, the Australian Government established the Beyond Tourism 2020 Steering Committee to shape Australia’s next long-term tourism strategy to commence in January 2021.
The Beyond Tourism 2020 Steering Committee submitted its report to Government in December 2018, and in February 2019 a consultation processes was launched to seek industry and governments’ views on the report.
AFTA continues to maintain a strong position on not lifting the PMC, reforming the Tourist Refund Scheme and ensuring holistic approach is undertaken to market development.