EP Tourism Talk - September 2021

Spring has finally arrived, bringing with it vistas of canola and wildflowers and some much needed vitamin D. Highlights for this month's Tourism Talk include grant funding updates, Great State Vouchers, an avenue for feedback on tourism regulation and an option to post job vacancies. Meanwhile just like the rock formations of Murphys Haystack and Pildappa, a disco themed  invite from TICSA has me feeling kinda groovy. Until next time - Annabelle 

Grant and Financial Support 

Treasury - Business Support 

A new jointly-funded package from the Commonwealth and South Australian Governments is giving local small and medium tourism and hospitality related businesses impacted by ongoing trading restrictions and border closures further financial support. Funding is not intended to be used to support individual business expansion plans, but is targeted towards recovery in sectors and across the economy. The new package includes: 
* A COVID-19 Tourism and Hospitality Support Grant for businesses in eligible tourism and hospitality sectors (and other sectors such as performing arts, creative artists, taxis and car rental) that have already received the COVID-19 Additional Business Support Grant as follows:

  • A grant of $3,000 for employing businesses with turnover less than $2m
  • A grant of $10,000 for employing businesses with turnover of greater than $2m
  • A grant of $20,000 for employing businesses with turnover of greater than $5m
  • A grant of $1,000 for non-employing businesses

* A new COVID-19 Business Hardship Grant of $6,000 for employing businesses with annual payrolls below $10 million and $2,000 for non-employing businesses who have experienced a minimum 50 per cent reduction in turnover over the eligible period and haven’t been eligible for previous business grant support since July 2021.
* Increased funding for the State-funded Major Events Support Grant – providing grants of up to $100,000 for large cancelled or postponed events, where attendees at the event were expected to be greater than 10,000, recognising the significant costs incurred with large events. For eligible events that have already applied for the $25,000 grant, they will now receive a top up of up to a further $75,000 to bring total assistance to $100,000. More information

Festivals Australia Grant

The Office of the Arts are pleased to announce that Round 13 of the Festivals Australia funding program is now open for applications for projects commencing from 1 February 2022. Regional artists, arts workers, and organisations can apply for arts and cultural projects that encourage community participation and audience engagement from people living in regional and remote communities in a festival or community celebration. More information 

Guidelines are available on Grants Connect www.grants.gov.au

Questions can be directed to festivals@arts.gov.au

Applications Close on 29 September 2021.

Tourism Industry Development Fund (TIDF):

Due to strong interest in the TIDF and a recent high volume of applications, SATC closed applications on Friday 10th September. The TIDF first opened on 14th  September 2020 to support and stimulate private sector investment in our state’s tourism sector. A total of 71 projects have been funded to date, covering each region across the state and driving world-class development and innovation in our tourism sector. More information

For information on possible grants and updates on funding programs, please refer to the following options.


To receive up to date information on the latest tourism news (including tourism grants), please signup to receive the ‘Industry Update’. Newsletter signup | Tourism SA

* Grants Assist (SA Government)

GRANTAssist can help you locate Government assistance and programs most relevant to your business needs. GRANTassist For Business and Industry

* Business grants (federal)

Find grants, funding and support programs to help your business grow and succeed. Grants & Programs finder | business.gov.au

* Regional Development Australia - Eyre Peninsula

Find a collated list of funding opportunities. RDAEP website

Great State Voucher (GSV)

Spring is a sensational time for an SA getaway and with two vouchers rolling out, there’s double the opportunity. SATC are urging South Australians who snap up an experience voucher to book an overnight stay, and those with an accommodation voucher to book a tour. It’s estimated the next two rounds will bring the economic impact into our visitor economy up around $90 million.


GSV ballot dates: 

  1. Great State Experiences Voucher - From Mon 13 Sept 21
  2. Great State Accommodation Voucher - From Mon 20 Sept 21


Tourism Regulation

The SA Productivity Commission is undertaking a review into South Australia’s tourism regulation, focusing on nature-based and agriculture-based tourism sectors. It will make recommendations in improving the efficiency of the operations and performance of relevant state agencies and to improve the adaptability and resilience of the regulatory process. It will also examine ways to cut the costs of regulations on the regulated parties to make it easier to do business in the state.

The Commission encourages feedback from stakeholders. To view the draft report and provide a submission for feedback visit: https://www.sapc.sa.gov.au/reviews/reviews/tourism-regulation/draft-report

Tourism Awards Gala Dinner

Tickets are on sale for the Tourism Industry Council of SA (TiCSA) 2021 South Australian Tourism Awards Gala Dinner.

Held on 4 November at Adelaide Oval and supported by the South Australian Tourism Commission, this year's gala dinner is themed 'DISCOver SA'. The winners of the 2021 SA Tourism Awards will be announced at the event, celebrating business excellence, innovation and reward exceptional customer service in the industry.

When:  Thursday, 4 November 2021 | 6pm

Where:  Adelaide Oval | enter via South Gate

RSVP: Before 28 October.

Bookings via: ticsa.com.au 

Job Vacancies

Have you seen the refreshed EP Job Vacancies and Training Opportunities boards? 

To support businesses to find the best suitable applicants, RDAEP now maintains a list of job vacancies across the region. To list a job vacancy  please submit a Job Submission Form. 

Do you have an upcoming training opportunity that you would like advertised on our newly established Training Opportunities Board? Please complete a Training Opportunities Form and the RDAEP team will get your position on our training board promptly.

Job seekers can search for current vacancies and training opportunities here: EP Job Vacancies and Training Opportunities.

Annabelle Hender
Tourism Development Manager
Regional Development Australia Eyre Peninsula
Email: annabelle.hender@rdaep.org.au
Phone: 08 8682 6028

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