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Tourism Matters – Austrade action & advice

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Regional Tourism Bushfire Recovery Grants now open

Local governments and regional tourism organisations in bushfire affected areas have been invited to apply for a share of $10 million in funding to encourage visitors to come back.

The grants will support the development of unique experiences such as events, concerts, visitor attractions such as art installations and tourist walks.

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Travel ban extended to protect Australians from the coronavirus

The travel restrictions on foreign nationals entering Australia from mainland China have been extended for a further week to 29 February.

The travel restrictions mean foreign nationals – excluding permanent residents – who have been in mainland China will not be allowed to enter Australia for 14 days from the time they left mainland China.

Australian citizens, permanent residents and their families who have been in mainland China from 1 February 2020, and who return Australia, are still required to self-isolate for 14 days from the time they left mainland China.

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Bushfire Royal Commission will call for public submissions

A Royal Commission has been established to examine how Australia is prepared and coordinated to respond to bushfires and other natural disasters.

The Commission will soon invite public submissions to draw on what many Australians experienced during the 2019-20 bushfire season.

Individuals, organisations, community groups and the broader community are welcome to make submissions. More information on this process will be released in March 2020.

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Disaster recovery funding assistance activated around Australia

Disaster recovery funding assistance has been activated for several areas across Australia in response to the recent bushfires and severe storms. Assistance has been activated for parts of NSW, QLD, WA, SA and the ACT.

If you or your business have been impacted by a recent natural disaster, you’re encouraged to explore the financial support available in your state or territory.

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Bushfire construction standard fee waived for all Australians

Australians can now access the key bushfire construction standard at no cost. The access fee has been waived to support the recovery of bushfire ravaged communities.

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New rules for backpackers helping with bushfire recovery

The Australian Government has announced new rules for foreign backpackers and others on working holiday visas who are assisting with bushfire recovery efforts.

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