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Building Resilient Tourism Infrastructure Fund

About the fund

The Building Resilient Tourism Infrastructure (BRTI) Fund is a key component of the $7 million Tourism Recovery and Resilience Package. This package is jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland Governments to provide targeted support to the tourism industry in affected areas, assisting them to recover from the impacts of extraordinary disaster events occurring in 2021-22 and build the long-term sustainability of tourism in these regions.

Objectives

The $5 million BRTI Fund will support the development of a more sustainable and resilient tourism industry in Queensland.

The BRTI Fund will provide grants for impacted tourism businesses to build resilience and aid their response to flooding and natural disasters through innovative solutions and bespoke engineering solutions.

Grant details

Total funding of $5 million is available with individual grants of a minimum of $20,000 up to a maximum of $150,000 (excluding GST) offered for eligible project costs. All projects must be completed by 30 June 2024.

Funding can be used for innovative solutions such as:

  • flood prevention infrastructure
  • appropriate training for staff
  • purchasing plant and equipment such as alternative power or other relevant resources, e.g. solar power with battery storage
  • small flooding mitigation levies.

Applicants are encouraged to tailor bespoke solutions to address their specific circumstances.

Projects may be of a much greater value than the funding amount, however all costs above the approved grant allocation will need to be covered by the applicant.

Eligibility

The Fund is designed to support increased resilience for established tourism businesses in Queensland that were affected by one or more of the following extraordinary disaster events occurring in 2021-22:

  • Central, Southern and Western Queensland rainfall and flooding
  • Ex-Tropical Cyclone Seth
  • South-East Queensland rainfall and flooding events.

Local government areas

The Tourism Business must be located within the 37 declared affected local government areas including:

  • Balonne Shire Council
  • Banana Shire Council
  • Barcaldine Regional Council
  • Barcoo Shire Council
  • Blackall-Tambo Regional Council
  • Boulia Shire Council
  • Brisbane City Council
  • Bundaberg Regional Council
  • Carpentaria Shire Council
  • Central Highland Regional Council
  • Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire
  • Diamantina Shire Council
  • Flinders Shire Council
  • Fraser Coast Regional Council
  • Gladstone Regional Council
  • Gold Coast City Council
  • Goondiwindi Regional Council
  • Gympie Regional Council
  • Ipswich City Council
  • Isaac Regional Council
  • Kowanyama Aboriginal Shire Council
  • Lockyer Valley Regional Council
  • Logan City Council
  • Longreach Regional Council
  • Maranoa Regional Council
  • Moreton Bay Regional Council
  • Murweh Shire Council
  • Noosa Shire Council
  • North Burnett Regional Council
  • Redland City Council
  • Scenic Rim Regional Council
  • Somerset Regional Council
  • South Burnett Regional Council
  • Southern Downs Regional Council
  • Sunshine Coast Regional Council
  • Toowoomba Regional Council
  • Western Downs Regional Council

To be eligible to apply for funding, an organisation must:

  • have an established operating base in Queensland with a primary tourism-related focus
  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN), an Australian Company Number (ACN) or exemption from these
  • be registered for GST.

In addition, an organisation must be one of the following:

  • a private sector business (e.g. a for-profit)
  • a not-for-profit organisation (e.g. community organisation)

The Fund will support eligible infrastructure projects that improve resilience and functionality of at-risk infrastructure and also support initiatives to improve organisational resilience:

  • with regard to local disaster risk
  • in accordance with current knowledge and practices for mitigating disaster impact
  • in accordance with changing recovery needs.

The types of projects that may be considered under the BRTI Fund include:

  • flood prevention measures or improvements to existing infrastructure that would mitigate or lessen the impact of future flood events, e.g. small flood mitigation levies
  • infrastructure or equipment that could prepare a business to quickly respond to an impending flood event, e.g. pump/water extraction system, hoist system to raise equipment above known flood levels
  • alternative power sources to provide opportunity to continue business in situations where mains power is cut
  • safety upgrades
  • community preparedness, education and training funds to ensure employee skills are effective to deal with a disaster situation and/or build resilience
  • capacity building funds for staff
  • modelling your business to respond to long-term climate change
  • development of business continuity plans, including early warning systems
  • recovery capability and/or resilience building funds.

The above are examples and should not be considered an exhaustive list. Applicants are encouraged to tailor bespoke solutions to address their specific circumstances.

Eligible applicants may submit 1 application per business location.

Apply for funding

The Building Resilient Tourism Industry Fund guidelines (PDF, 700KB) contain more information regarding eligibility criteria, the application and assessment process, and other key information.

Following the assessment of applications, successful recipients will be required to enter into a Grant Agreement with the State. This example Grant Agreement is provided for information only.

Apply now

Applications will close at midnight 28 October 2022.

Key dates

ActivityDates
Fund launch17 September 2022
Applications open23 September 2022
Applications closeMidnight 28 October 2022
Outcome of applications advised15 December 2022
Project completion date30 June 2024

More information

For more information, contact the Growing Tourism team:

Email: GrowingTI@dtis.qld.gov.au

Last updated: 23 Sep 2022