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AFTA engagement with Albanese Government underway

The Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) is already in conversation with Australia’s Minister for Tourism, Senator the Hon Don Farrell about next steps with skills and workforce rebuild a focus.

Given the economic significance of Australia’s outbound Travel Sector at a national, regional and community level, and the very real challenge of rebuilding despite more than a third of our workforce having left during COVID, AFTA welcomes and appreciates the ongoing support of Senator Farrell and the wider Albanese Government.

AFTA looks forward to also working with Minister for Skills and Training, the Hon Brendan O’Connor MP.

Quotes attributed to AFTA CEO Dean Long:

AFTA, on behalf of our members and the wider Travel Sector, looks forward to continuing to work closely with Senator the Hon Don Farrell, Minister for Tourism and to strengthening our relationship with the Hon Brendan O’Connor, Minister for Skills and Training as we rebuild our workforce.

More than a third of our workforce was wiped out as a result of COVID-restrictions and now, at a time when travelling Australians need professional travel advice more than ever, we urgently need to address that skills and workforce shortage.
Senator Farrell has been a long standing champion of Australia’s Travel Agents and businesses and AFTA is proud to have a longstanding relationship with him and his office.

Senator Farrell, in a webinar meeting with AFTA members just before the election, committed to continuing to work with us as we recover and we look forward to announcing the date of the promised member webinar with him.

AFTA is also already in conversation with Minister O’Connor given the importance of aligning skills and training with our sector’s needs.

MEDIA CONTACT: LJ Loch 0488 038 555 or