The West Australian government today announced a $3 million support package for the state’s travel agents, whose businesses have been decimated by COVID travel restrictions.
It will provide packages of up to $5,000 to home-based agents and minimum $10,000 packages to brick-and-mortar businesses.
To qualify, travel agents must have an Australian Business Number (as at March 20, 2020), and experienced a 75 per cent or greater reduction in turnover due to the impact of COVID-19.
WA Small Business Minister Paul Papalia (pictured) said: “Travel agents have been one of the industries most impacted by COVID-19, with up to 90 per cent of their income drawn from Western Australians travelling overseas.
“The Federal Government’s international border closures will continue to severely impact these businesses for some time to come.
“Western Australia is the first and only State in the country to implement a dedicated travel agent support program of this kind.
“This support fund is designed to provide some assistance to travel agents to maintain their operating expenses until the Federal Government devises a longer-term solution.”
Applications for the support package open on Friday October 2 and close at 5pm on Friday October 30.