Tourism Restart Taskforce

A Tourism Restart Taskforce has been established by the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and will provide advice to industry and Government on the short, medium and long-term priorities to rebuild tourism in Australia. Tourism has hit harder than any other industry by the current COVID crisis, and with the health concerns having been largely managed, a plan for how best to restart tourism is needed.
The Taskforce will feed into the National COVID-19 Coordination Commission and the Austrade Tourism Incident Response Coordination group. Through ACCI it will feed into the Business Liaison Group in Treasury and the Department of Industry recovery group.

You can contact the taskforce via the secretariat:  jenny.lambert@australianchamber.com.au.

TASKFORCE MEMBERS

Tourism Restart Taskforce established in response to COVID-19

The Tourism Restart Taskforce was established by the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry under the auspices of the Australian Chamber – Tourism in April 2020.

Aus Chamber – Tourism will also be facilitating similar discussions through the tourism committee and ensuring a valuable ideas exchange between the groups to strengthen the outcomes from both.

The members of the Taskforce are as follows:

  • Dr Jeremy Johnson AM (Chair) (Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry)
  • The Hon. Bruce Baird AM (Business Events Sydney, TTF)
  • Sarina Bratton AM (Ponant)
  • Geoff Donaghy (BECA, ASM Global, ICC Sydney)
  • Bob East (Tourism Australia)
  • The Hon. Martin Ferguson AM (Tourist Accommodation Australia)
  • Nikki Govan (Star of Greece)
  • Denis Pierce (Australian Tourism Export Council)
  • Graham (Skroo) Turner (Flight Centre)
  • Jacqui Walshe (The Walshe Group)
  • John Hart (Australian Chamber – Tourism)

The Taskforce will feed into the National COVID-19 Coordination Commission and the Austrade Tourism Incident Response Coordination group. Through ACCI it will feed into the Business Liaison Group in Treasury and the Department of Industry recovery group.

TASKFORCE MEETINGS

Key Issues from the taskforce’s fourteenth meeting, 20 November 2020:

Key Issues from the taskforce’s thirteenth meeting, 19 October 2020:

Key Issues from the taskforce’s twelfth meeting, 25 September 2020:

Key Issues from the taskforce’s eleventh meeting, 4 September 2020:

Key Issues from the taskforce’s tenth meeting, 19 August 2020:

Key Issues from the taskforce’s ninth meeting, 27 July 2020:

Key Issues from the taskforce’s eighth meeting, 3 July 2020:

Key Issues from the taskforce’s seventh meeting, 19 June 2020:

Key Issues from the taskforce’s sixth meeting, 5 June 2020:

Key Issues from the taskforce’s fifth meeting, 29 May 2020: 

Key Issues from the taskforce’s fourth meeting, 22 May 2020:

Key Issues from the taskforce’s third meeting, 15 May 2020:

Key Issues from the taskforce’s second meeting, 8 May 2020:

Key Issues from the taskforce’s first meeting, 1 May 2020:

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Tourism Restart Plan

The Taskforce has now released its Tourism Restart Plan. This plan provides a runway back to operations for the
industries that comprise Australia’s largest services export
and the creator of one in 13 jobs in the Australian economy

Restarting COVIDSafe for Tourism

The Tourism COVID Safe Guiding Principles, signed off by the Tourism Restart Taskforce in May 2020,  set out a framework for protocols that are suitable for businesses across tourism.  They have also been used to craft proposals to government and health authorities to demonstrate how industry can successfully and safely restart.

Click here to view the Recommendations for change to Business Exhibitions, Meetings and Events Restrictions 

Click here to view the Proposal for change to Dining Restrictions

Click here to view the Recommendations for change to Bus and Coach Transport Restrictions

Industry Proposed Restart Timetable

*Version 2.0 updated October 2020

To help guide advocacy for a more certain timetable for tourism restart, and with input from the ACCI Tourism Policy Committee, the Tourism Restart Taskforce has proposed a timetable for tourism restart. The updated Timetable 2.0 reflects what industry feels are realistic restart targets for governments and health authorities to consider given the status of the COVID-19 pandemic as at October 2020.  An explanatory guide to the Timetable can be found here.

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