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COVID-19 Marine Tourism Rebate

Marine tourism vessel operators in North Queensland form a key part of the state’s tourism industry.

The $2 million COVID-19 Marine Tourism Rebate program was a key element of the Queensland Economic Recovery Strategy: Unite and Recover for Queensland Jobs to help accelerate the state’s recovery from COVID-19.

The program provided financial assistance to marine tourism businesses operating vessels in the Livingstone, Townsville, Douglas, Whitsunday, Bundaberg, Burdekin, Cassowary Coast, Cairns, Cook, Fraser Coast, Gladstone, Hinchinbrook, Isaac and Mackay local government areas.

It directly supported tourism vessel operators who have suffered losses of income because of the COVID-19 travel restrictions. It was designed to assist eligible applicants in the above local government areas by offsetting the cost of privately owned marina berthing fees paid in 2020/21.

The assistance available under this program was a rebate up to a maximum amount of $20,000 (excluding GST) per operator.

The COVID-19 Marine Tourism Rebate has been fully subscribed and is now closed.

Last updated: 09 Apr 2021