Fees and Charges Relief for Tourism Operators Impacted by COVID-19 – Queensland

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Tourism operators will likely have a number of operation fees waived during this difficult time. So far daily operation fees between 1 February 2020 and 31 July 2020 have been waived and a the Queensland government has indicated that further fees will also be waived.

Queensland’s tourism operators  have been hard hit by the Coronavirus pandemic with the majority having to shut down completely for the foreseeable future. In light of this the Queensland government is waiving various fees including:

  • waiving registration renewal fees for Inbound Tour Operators
  • waiving of daily fees for commercial activity agreements and permits
  • rebate on Marina Charges and Passenger Levies
  • deferral of Tourism Lease Rent Payments.

Fees still to be paid at this stage:

  • annual permit fees
  • any other annual payments
  • application fees
  • ranger supervision fees, or other supervision fees associated with your agreement.

 

Eligibility

Anyone with a current commercial activity permit or commercial activity agreement to conduct tours on protected areas or State forests may be entitled to temporary fee relief under the Immediate Industry Recovery Package.

Fees payable for commercial filming or barge operations on these areas will not be affected.

Timing

The above fees will be waived or deferred between 1 February 2020 and 31 July 2020. This includes daily operation fees during this time. Tourism leases that fall within this time can be deferred for 12 months.

How to apply

The Parks and Forest department will be working with operators directly. For more information email parkaccess@des.qld.gov.au

For more information on waiving registration renewal fees email the Office of Fair Trading industry.licensing@justice.qld.gov.au.

For more information on applying for land lease deferrals click here.

FAQs

The Queensland Government is looking to waive a number of fees paid by tourism operators including:

  • registration renewal fees for Inbound Tour Operators
  • daily fees for commercial activity agreements and permits
  • rebate on Marina Charges and Passenger Levies
  • deferral of Tourism Lease Rent Payments

So far Parks and Forests have confirmed daily fees will be waived from 1 February 2020 to 31 July 2020.

Anyone with a current commercial activity permit or commercial activity agreement to conduct tours on protected areas or State forests may be entitled to temporary fee relief under the Immediate Industry Recovery Package.

Fees payable for commercial filming or barge operations on these areas will not be affected.

Fees and Charges Relief for Tourism Operators Impacted by COVID-19 - Queensland - Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ)

Do I still pay operation fees if my Qld tourism business has closed?

The Queensland Government is looking to waive a number of fees paid by tourism operators including:

  • registration renewal fees for Inbound Tour Operators
  • daily fees for commercial activity agreements and permits
  • rebate on Marina Charges and Passenger Levies
  • deferral of Tourism Lease Rent Payments

So far Parks and Forests have confirmed daily fees will be waived from 1 February 2020 to 31 July 2020.

Who is eligible for temporary tourism operation fee relief in Queensland?

Anyone with a current commercial activity permit or commercial activity agreement to conduct tours on protected areas or State forests may be entitled to temporary fee relief under the Immediate Industry Recovery Package.

Fees payable for commercial filming or barge operations on these areas will not be affected.

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