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The Government has set aside an initial $1 billion allocation to support those regions and communities that have been disproportionately affected by the economic impacts of the Coronavirus, including those heavily reliant on industries such as:

  • tourism
  • agriculture
  • education

The $1 billion will be provided through existing or newly established Government programs.

This will include the waiver of the Environmental Management Charge for tourism businesses that operate in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and the waiver of entry fees for Commonwealth National Parks. It will also include additional assistance to help businesses identify alternative export markets or supply chains. Targeted measures will also be developed to further promote domestic tourism.

Eligibility

The Deputy Prime Minister will work with affected industries and communities to develop recovery plans and measures.

Timing

The $1 billion will be available for distribution through existing or new mechanisms as soon as practicable. 

As an initial measure, the Government will waive the Environmental Management Charge (EMC) for tourism businesses that operate in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park for the remainder of 2020. The Government will also waive park entry fees for the iconic Kakadu, Uluru, and Booderee National Parks for the remainder of 2020. This will provide much needed relief for the tourism industry and further encourage visitors to these amazing places. The Government will ensure there is no reduction in revenue that goes to the management of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and Commonwealth National Parks. Lease payments to Traditional Owners in relation to these National Parks will not be impacted.