Stakeholder Update | June 2020


59 Regional events receive Government funding to boost local tourism economies

Regional New South Wales will receive a welcome boost to tourism with 59 events to share in the NSW Government’s $1 million 2020 Regional Event Fund. 
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Tourism Australia Business Events Boost Program

Applications for the Business Events Boost Program, a new domestic partnership initiative to support industry-led business events marketing and distribution projects, will open 1 July 2020. The new program aims to support the Australian business events industry in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis by providing the opportunity to leverage funding, as well as Tourism Australia’s expertise to deliver marketing and distribution projects which help drive demand for domestic business events.For full details click the link below.
2020/21 Prospectus
Tourism Australia’s next webinar will be held on Friday 3 July at 11am. Joining them will be the Chief Executive Officer of Sydney Airport, Geoff Culbert, sharing insights on how Sydney Airport has dealt with coronavirus (COVID-19) and what their plans are for the future. James Thornton, Chief Executive Officer of Intrepid Group, will be talking with us about how Intrepid is adjusting its model to the post COVID-19 world and Quentin Long, Managing Director of Australian Traveller, will be sharing insights on what the trends are in travel media right now.
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The Now’s The Time To Love NSW campaign toolkit was released earlier this week and is now available to download from Destination NSW’s corporate website, along with the campaign factsheet:
Industry Factsheet
Toolkit for Tourism Businesses

Safe Work Australia

Safe Work Australia has created a new infographic tool to support small businesses to operate safely and manage work health and safety risks from COVID-19. The Small business planning tool outlines key steps for safely operating your business during the COVID-19 pandemic, including:
  • understanding and following public health rules and work health and safety (WHS) laws
  • assessing and managing WHS risks
  • ongoing review and monitoring. 
Access Safe Work Australia’s COVID-19 Small business planning tool here. WHS guidance for COVID-19 is also available for over 30 different industries on key topics including duties under WHS laws, risk assessments, physical distancing, cleaning and hygiene. Other resources including checklists, guides and fact sheets are also available in the COVID-19 Business resource kit.
COVID-19 Business Resourse Kit

COVID Safe Planning for Tourism Operators

As business activity across NSW continues to pick up, tourism operators are reminded to follow all NSW Government and health advice.

The NSW Government continues to publish updated advice in line with the current Public Health Orders to best inform businesses and individuals about their responsibilities – refer to for the latest updates.
DNSW Insights Newsletter

NSW to benefit from Event Management Scholarship Program

Future industry leaders living in regional areas across the State can now apply for one of 12 event management scholarships thanks to the NSW Government’s partnership with Meetings and Events Australia (MEA).

The scholarship program is part of the NSW Government’s $6 million Regional Conferencing Strategy and Action Plan developed by the State’s tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.

Scholarship applications close on Friday 17 July 2020. For more information and to apply for a scholarship, visit

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Australia Council welcomes government’s $250 million creative support package

The Australia Council has welcomed the announcement of an industry specific support package for the cultural and creative industries.

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New Small Business Recovery Grant

Thousands of small businesses reopening across the State after the COVID-19 shutdown will benefit from funding of up to $3,000.00 under a new Small Business Recovery Grant. Applications will open on 1st July to help businesses safely relaunch their operations with funds remaining from the $750 million.
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Small Business Support Fund Grants Extended

Small businesses in industries highly impacted by Covid-19 now have more time to submit applications for up to $10,000 in Small Business Support Fund grants to help pay for unavoidable expenses. The closing date for applications has been extended to 11.59pm on 30th June. Click below for the criteria for these grants and the online application form.
Apply for the small business COVID-19 support grant