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AFTA has lodged its 2020-21 Pre-Budget Submission with Treasury, urgently calling for a Sector Specific Support Package of $125 million and now we need your help!

AFTA’s Pre-Budget 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.

AFTA Pre-Budget Submission

Official Media Release

In the submission AFTA has asked the Federal Government to provide a range of support initiatives to ensure the sector’s survival, the most significant of which include:

  • Scaled Back to Business grants forecast to be an average $40,000 based on total transaction value in FY19 to assist them to stay in business, cover some operational costs, continue the work of both returning refunds to customers and assisting travellers in 2021 and beyond;
  • Back in Business concessional loans of up to $100,000 per agency outlet to sustain business and service to travellers, delivered through commercial banks, backed up by a three-year Commonwealth guarantee. These loans will enable viable businesses to endure the COVID-19 related downturn and slow return to profitability;
  • The critical need to get Australians travelling again through the establishment of travel bubbles and through Government promoting the purchase of travel through Australian-owned travel businesses.

What can you do? Use this helpful diagram to understand the steps that you can take to meet with your local MP and share your story. By working together we have a more powerful voice into Canberra.

Flow Diagram - Steps you can take

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