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COVID-19 Marine Tourism Assistance Scheme Round 2

Delivering immediate benefits and providing cash flow relief to help marine tourism businesses to survive and revive during COVID-19.

The COVID-19 Marine Tourism Assistance Scheme Round 2 supports marine tourism vessel operators that have suffered losses of income due to the impacts of COVID-19 travel restrictions.

The scheme assists marine tourism businesses by offsetting berthing fees from 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022, at privately-owned or privately-operated marinas in eligible local government areas.

Eligible local government areas are Bundaberg, Burdekin, Cairns, Cassowary Coast, Cook, Douglas, Fraser Coast, Gladstone, Hinchinbrook, Isaac, Livingstone, Mackay, Townsville and Whitsunday.

From 30 August 2021, Marine tourism operators affected by the July – August 2021 COVID-19 lockdowns can apply for up to a maximum $20,000 per applicant, to help offset berthing fees.

Unlike the COVID-19 Marine Tourism Rebate program (Round 1) delivered in 2020, applicants are not required to pay marine fees in advance.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for the COVID-19 Marine Tourism Assistance Scheme Round 2, you must:

  • have an established marine tourism business that includes the use of at least one commercial vessel utilising a berth at a privately-owned or privately-operated marina in eligible local government areas, as at 1 April 2021
  • have a valid Australian Business Number (ABN) as at 1 April 2021
  • be registered for GST
  • have an annual turnover of over $75,000 during the 2018-19, 2019-20 or 2020-21 financial years (businesses that have recently started can provide financial records to show they will reasonably meet this turnover requirement in the 2021-22 financial year)
  • have experienced a loss of income since 1 April 2021 as a result of the impacts of COVID-19 travel restrictions
  • employ at least 1 full time equivalent employee as at 1 April 2021
  • not be insolvent or have owners or directors that are an undischarged bankrupt
  • possess a Vessel Certificate of Operation from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority.

A copy of either a Permit to Operate on the Great Barrier Reef from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority or a Permit to Operate on a Queensland Marine National Park from Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service will also be required.


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COVID-19 Marine Tourism Rebate

The COVID-19 Marine Tourism Rebate program was a key element of the Queensland Government’s Economic Recovery Plan to help accelerate the state’s recovery from COVID-19.

The program provided financial assistance of $1.8 million to over 130 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 had 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.

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Last updated: 01 Sep 2021