COVID-19 support for the tourism and hospitality sector
Your hospitality or tourism business may be eligible for rebate, fee and payroll tax relief measures and financial support if you’ve been impacted by COVID-19.
Tourism and Hospitality Sector Hardship Program
This $110 million program provides grants to both eligible tourism and hospitality businesses, and major tourism attractions and experiences facing significant financial hardship due to COVID-19 travel restrictions and interstate lockdowns.
Payroll tax deferral
Eligible tourism and hospitality businesses that lodge payroll tax returns monthly can apply to defer paying their payroll tax liability due in August 2021 for 6 months. If they have already paid the liability due in August, they can apply to defer their next month's payroll tax liability.
12-month state land rent deferral for tourism operators
Rent deferral is available for eligible tourism operators on state land for the period 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022.
Fee waiver and refunds for commercial tourism daily passenger fees
Tourism businesses that operate in a national park, conservation park, recreation area or state forest, including whale watching operations, may have fees waived or refunded between 1 July 2021 and 30 June 2022.
12-month fee waiver or refund of inbound tour operator fees
This support is available to inbound tour operators for fee renewals up until 30 June 2022.
COVID-19 Marine Tourism Assistance Scheme Round 2
This support is available for offsetting the berthing fees for marine tourism vessel operators at privately owned or privately operated marinas in eligible local government areas between 1 July 2021 and 30 June 2022.
Liquor licensing fees waived for 2021–22
Tourism and hospitality businesses can have their licensing fees for 2021–22 waived or refunded if they were licensed under the Liquor Act or Wine Industry Acts as at 30 June 2021.
2021 COVID-19 Business Support Grants expanded to include large tourism and hospitality businesses statewide
Large tourism and hospitality businesses statewide are now included in the 2021 COVID-19 Business Support Grants of up to $30,000.
Applications for employing businesses opened at 12pm (midday), 16 August 2021.
The eligibility guidelines enable businesses to claim the impact of the South East Queensland and Cairns/Yarrabah lockdowns, and any further Queensland lockdowns in August 2021.
- Learn about the Queensland COVID-19 cleaning rebate for small, medium and not-for-profit businesses, in all industry sectors including tourism and hospitality – you can now apply for a rebate of up to 80% of the cost of professional cleaning (up to $10,000 ex GST) if your business is a confirmed COVID-19 exposure site.
- Last reviewed: 10 Aug 2021
- Last updated: 7 Oct 2021