AFTA Weekly Update | Travel Daily 17 November
Last week, AFTA CEO Darren Rudd met with the majority of the National’s leadership team in parliament, as well as a considerable portion of the Shadow Cabinet and key members of the Liberal Party. Additionally, Darren both met and spoke with, on numerous occasions, key government agencies that are working on the modelling to inform Government so that they can make a decision as to whether to provide a travel sector financial support package.
The week’s meetings included in-depth discussions, and a working lunch with the Deputy Prime Minister, The Hon Michael McCormack MP. Darren also met with The Hon David Littleproud MP, Deputy Leader of the National Party and Mr Pat Conaghan MP, member for Cowper NSW. Pat has been instrumental in championing the cause of travel agents across the National Party, the Conservative Party and the media.
Further, we continue to work constructively with the state & territory governments to secure funding support and we are most pleased by the recent announcement from the South Australian Government who will provide a second cash grant for small businesses in South Australia that continue to be impacted by COVID-19 and this includes travel agents.
The announcement was made last Monday 9 November as part of the South Australia State Budget 2020-21 and following our ongoing dialogue with office of the Hon Steven Marshall MP, Premier for South Australia.
Applications for the $10,000 cash grant have opened and we encourage all SA members to apply before the closing date of 14 December 2020. Additionally, for the first time, the Government has introduced a $3,000 cash grant for eligible businesses that do not employ staff, including sole traders and partnerships, operating from a commercial premise and suffering financial hardship as a result of the pandemic. We have a produced a short survey for SA members related to the cash grant and we ask that you complete this here.