Welcome support for tourism in Budget but….

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Media Release: Welcome support for tourism in Budget but….

30 March 2022: Australia’s hotels, motels and accommodation providers welcome the Federal Government’s Budget investment of $146.5 million over the coming three years to drive the sector’s recovery however peak body the Accommodation Association says the major workforce challenges still need to be fixed.

Key sector announcements in this year’s Federal Budget include:

  • $60 million over two years to accelerate international tourist arrivals, including attracting more visitors to Australia from new and diverse international markets.
  • $6.8 million for the implementation of the Government’s THRIVE 2030 long-term strategy for tourism recovery, including $2 million for a visitor economy online employment and skills platform and $4.8 million for Tourism Research Australia to capture and analyse more tourism and visitor data to help businesses operating in the visitor economy make improved business decisions.
  • A 30% one-off increase across all country caps in 2022-23 allocations for Working Holiday Makers
  • $1.6 billion in tax relief to support businesses with annual turnover of less than $50 million to go digital and upskill their employees.

Quotes attributable to Leanne Harwood, President
“Given the importance of international tourism as one of the key drivers of our sector, and given that Australia is competing in a heavily contested landscape as a destination, we welcome the initiatives in the Federal Budget to help Australia stand out. The challenges our hotels, motels and accommodation providers face are not disappearing any time soon, and the sooner we see Tourism normalise, the better.”

“Our sector more than most is struggling with the loss of skills and people across all levels. While the Accommodation Association continues to invest in developing our own strategies to attract, retrain and retain people, we applaud the increase of country caps for work and holiday visas by 11,000 places. Working holiday makers make up an important part of our workforce, filling 250,000 jobs prior to the impact of COVID.”

“However the workforce challenges are significant and we need more support to fill the gaps. It would be extremely helpful if the Government were to extend the refund of visa application fees for Working Holiday Makers beyond the current deadline of 19 April. We are curious to understand more around the apprentice and trainee wage subsidies initiative but on first glance it seems unfortunately many of our members are unlikely to qualify.”

“We are also currently working our way through the detail of various small business incentives, including the ability to instantly write-off assets which is in place until 30 June 2023 along with the opportunity for business with annual turnover of less than $50 million to benefit from a range of initiatives under the Digital and Skills Tax Boost package.”

Media contact: 
Accommodation Association LJ Loch 0488 038 555 or ljloch@alphaconsulting.global

The Accommodation Association’s employment pathways initiatives include (accessible at www.aaoa.com.au/careers)

  1. The Gappa –this is a gap year paid experience with additional bonuses and benefits for anyone that wants to work anywhere in the country for a year.
  2. The Hub –a one-stop transformational Hospitality portal to for employers, job seekers, consultants with streamlined processes, forms and tools for anyone to use so that the matching of individuals to job and career opportunities is even faster and easier. It will also provide a unified job Board for the sector.
  3. Train2Earn – our hugely successful direct training program which provides a short, intensive 3-day immersion training with a job interview at the end. This is already tracking at a 94% employment outcome.
  4. Our PaTH Business Placement Partnerships programs which provide all jobseekers who complete training with a guaranteed 4 week live and practical internship in metro and regional venues nationally. These programs have an 80% employment success rate and provide the core basic skills to start a career in the sector. As part of this and in line with the sector’s commitment to creating an inclusive workforce, there are also dedicated DES programs to run in a hotel environment with a supported PaTH internship and employment support package.
  5. The Training Panel of Accommodation Association-approved RTOs to help members with any training enquiries they might have. The Association has done the due diligence in checking each RTO’s training materials, trainers and overall performance and also facilitates the introduction.
  6. The PALM (Pacific Australia Labour Mobility) program

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