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Accessible Tourism Elevate Fund

Supporting Queensland’s transformation to an accessible tourism destination.

The $5 million Accessible Tourism Elevate Fund will support Queensland’s tourism industry to enhance their accessible tourism experiences.

The Fund is an initiative as part of the 2023 Year of Accessible Tourism, and will support activities like improved communication and information sharing, digital and website accessibility, staff training and education, adaptive equipment, technology and infrastructure.

The Fund provides two grants for eligible applicants to apply for what they need, depending on where they are in their accessibility journey.

Eligible Queensland tourism and events businesses and not-for-profit organisations, local governments and regional and local tourism organisations will have the opportunity to apply.

The Access Starter Grants provide $5,000 in funding to eligible applicants at the start of their journey to get the basics right through access audits, development of accessibility plans and statements, improved communication and information sharing, digital and website accessibility, staff training and education.

The Access Project Grants provide funding of between $50,000 and $250,000 (excluding GST) to eligible applicants who have already identified accessibility improvements and are ready to implement best practice accessibility projects. These projects will need to be co-designed with people with disability and deliver tangible, high-impact accessibility improvements.

No matched funding is required, however priority may be given to applications demonstrating co-investment by the applicant.

The types of projects that may be considered include (but are not limited to):



Activity examples

Access Starter Grant

Access audits, plans and statements

  • Access audit or assessment of tourism experience / businesses
  • Development of disability action plans
  • Development of accessibility statements for publishing on applicant’s website

Experience design and planning

  • Product and experience testing to improve accessibility

Digital and communication accessibility, including accessibility content

  • Digital accessibility audit
  • Implementation of website/product or experience accessibility improvements
  • Development of content and marketing materials to improve accessibility, including audio and visual

Training and awareness

  • Disability awareness and inclusion training and coaching for staff

Access Project Grant

Access improvements

(where those upgrades are not an existing mandatory legislative or planning requirement for the existing infrastructure)

  • Accessibility upgrades to bathrooms, entryways, pathways
  • Stair lifts
  • Hoists

Accessible transport

  • Modification or purchase of purpose-designed accessible vehicles, vessels, pontoons or other transportation

Adaptive equipment and technology

  • All terrain wheelchairs and mountain trikes and trail riders
  • Aquatic/beach access wheelchairs
  • Access matting
  • Augmented reality, virtual reality or extended reality to improve accessibility
  • Assistive listening devices technology incorporated into speakers/sound systems
  • Sensor/voice/movement-controlled technology
  • Accessible paddling equipment (universal paddling seat, outriggers, kayaks, transfer benches, adaptive paddles, stand-up paddle boards)

Communication, signage and digital accessibility

  • Accessible audio description and sensory audio guides
  • Braille descriptions, signage, Easy English picture communication symbols, stories
  • Interpretative and/or interactive tourism signage
  • Improvements to websites, traditional and digital marketing materials to be more accessible and/or showcase accessibility information

Sensory-friendly spaces and resources

  • Creation of sensory-friendly spaces including resources
  • Development of sensory maps and stories

Projects should also align with Queensland’s Disability Plan and Towards Tourism 2032.

The Accessible Tourism Toolkit provides a range of resources and links that may assist in the development of an application including links to organisations and service providers that specialise in accessibility.

Eligible applicants may apply for both the Access Project Grant and the Access Starter Grant, however it must be for different projects.

Key dates for both grants

Guidelines available12 October 2023
Applications open26 October 2023

Please note these dates are indicative only and may be subject to change.

More information

For more information, email the Tourism Division team at

Last updated: 26 Oct 2023