AFTA is still working with Austrade and various other government agencies to finalise the specific details, and the delivery mechanism, for the $128 million tailored travel sector support package.
We would like to thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through the very extensive and complex process to have the web-based (online) grant application process open before Christmas.
The legislative approval for the funding is underway, and the cross agency implementation plan is well advanced, but some of the aspects related to the platform are not yet finalised.
We have received a lot of questions from members related to grant eligibility, and timing, and so we want you to know that AFTA, and all the other parties involved, are working very hard towards the goal of optimising the grant eligibility for the sector, so that the travel agency, tour operator and wholesaler communities can make an application before Christmas.
You may have read that the interview with the Travel Industry Hub and Bruce Piper scheduled for yesterday, was postponed. This is both intentional, to respect your valuable time, but also to ensure that we are only communicating the final and correct facts to you. As soon as we are confident that the detail is in a finalised state we will re-schedule the interview.
Additionally, we have scheduled an AFTA member-only webinar next week to go over the funding architecture, eligibility criteria and distribution framework. The webinar is planned for Wednesday 16 December 2pm and you can register here.
Thank you for your stamina, it has been a long hard road to get to here and we are so very close. Stay tuned.