2020 Policy Submissions
  • State Budget (January) – QTIC continues to advocate for: continued funding for the Growing Tourism Infrastructure, Attracting Tourism Fund and Attracting Aviation Investment Fund; additional funding to support industry respond to climate change; restoration of TEQ’s purchasing power through additional marketing and event funding and; further investment in programs to drive the strategic growth of First Nations Tourism.

  • Traffic Light Bulletin (February) – Diving Instructor – On advise of members, QTIC advocated for Diving Instructor (Open Water) to remain on the Short Term Skilled Occupation List. This was the only tourism and hospitality occupation on the list for review this round.

  • Queensland International Education Strategy (Feb 2020)  – Given the emerging COVID-19 impacts, QTIC urged the state Government to attract a balanced portfolio to Queensland without reliance on a single source market. QTIC also advocated for areas of skills shortage to join STEM related courses in priority talent attraction sections. It was recommended that a balance between a student-centric approach and quality education is to be achieved to ensure students are able to cultivate critical thinking, communication and creativity skills through their time here. The plan aligns with the UNs Sustainable Development Goals, in particular Goal 4 – Quality Education.

  • National Education Centre for the Great Barrier Reef (March 2020) – QTIC urged the Federal Government to action the proposed upgrades to the facilities as soon as possible. In particular, utilising the down-time whilst COVID-19 is restricting movement to enhance the facilities that are a major attraction within the Townsville Region.

  • Roma Street Coach Station (March 2020) – Insight was provided to Transport and Main Roads around the use of Roma Street Coach Station. In particular the engagement and the interaction between transportation modes within Brisbane.

  • COVID-19 Advocacy – QTIC has been lobbying the State and Federal Governments for business relief in response to the evolving impacts of COVID-19 on the tourism industry. QTIC will continue to fight to ensure that tourism is represented as Government shapes its response to this crisis.

  • Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan Review (October) - QTIC supported actions addressing climate change risk and impacts and encouraged the Federal Government to align objectives with those of existing State-based plans; the Building a Resilient Tourism Industry: Queensland Tourism Climate Response Plan, and the Queensland Climate Change Adaptation Strategy 2017-2030. QTIC also highlighted the significant role tourism plays in advocacy and protection of the Reef as a key asset supporting the industry and community.

  • December 2020: QTIC response to the Consultation Paper on Growing the Indigenous Visual Arts Industry