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Queensland Tourism Business Financial Counselling Service

We are supporting tourism businesses with free financial counselling services as they navigate through the impacts of COVID-19 or a natural disaster.


The Queensland Tourism Business Financial Counselling Service provides free financial counselling support to help tourism operators who have been financially impacted as a result of COVID-19 or a natural disaster.

The services we are providing are:

  • Free online Tourism Business Health Check
  • Free support from a Tourism Business Financial Counsellor
  • 50% assistance on up to $5,000 of professional advice

Read the Queensland Tourism Business Financial Counselling Service frequently asked questions (PDF, 310.4KB) for further information.

Tourism business health check

In less than 10 minutes, the Tourism Business Health Check helps businesses:

  • assess areas of strength and areas for improvement
  • assess risk and resilience
  • identify efficiencies.

Upon completion, a personalised and confidential report directs an operator to resources where further information and support is available.

Tourism business financial counsellor service

The counsellors can assist businesses with:

  • understanding their finances and financial position
  • business planning
  • options and strategies to assist business sustainability
  • finding and accessing government assistance
  • identifying personal, professional and financial risks and developing risk management strategies.
  • dealing with debt including supporting negotiation and mediation
  • succession planning to transition the family business to the next generation
  • connecting to specialist social and welfare support.
  • a referral to the Tourism Business Professional Advice Assistance Scheme when additional expert financial, legal or human resource advice is needed.

Find a Tourism or COVID-19 Small Business Financial Counsellor in your region.

Tourism business professional advice assistance scheme

The scheme provides up to a maximum of $2,500 (excluding GST) per eligible business for additional professional financial, legal and/or human resource advice. That is, assistance of 50% of the costs of up to $5,000 (excluding GST) in professional advice received.

Eligible businesses must:

  • complete the free online tourism business health check
  • receive an approved referral form from the free Tourism Business Financial Counselling Service for additional face-face professional advice.

Applicants should read the scheme guidelines (PDF, 315.5KB) and frequently asked questions (PDF, 327.2KB) before submitting a claim to the Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority.

The scheme will close on 31 December 2022 or until funding has been fully allocated.

Delivery partners

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This services is led by the Department of Tourism, Innovation and Sport (DTIS) in partnership with the Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC).

Delivery partners include the Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority (QRIDA) and the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF). The program is an extension of the Queensland Government’s existing COVID-19 Small Business Financial Counselling Service led by DAF and delivered by Rural Solutions Queensland in southern Queensland, and the Remote Area Planning and Development Board in northern Queensland.


The program will run from March 2021 to June 2023.

More information

Last updated: 08 Jun 2022