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Tourism Exceptional Assistance Grant

The Tourism Exceptional Assistance Grant is provided under the joint Commonwealth and State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements, and is to support the recovery of tourism operators in Far North Queensland isolated by the impacts of Tropical Cyclone Jasper.

The $10 million Tourism Exceptional Assistance Grant is to provide financial assistance to tourism operations which were closed to trading for a minimum of 14 days as a result of being isolated, or having a usual area of operation isolated as a direct result of Tropical Cyclone Jasper.

Grants of up to $500,000 are available to businesses of all sizes that have been severely impacted, suffering loss of business and are thus experiencing hardship.

The grants can be used to cover costs such as wages and salaries, fuel, rent and supplies.

In addition to applying for the Tourism Exceptional Assistance Grant, you may also be eligible to apply for the Tourism Recovery Assistance Grant.


To be eligible for funding tourism operations must have been closed to trading for a minimum of 14 days as a result of being isolated, or having its usual area of operations isolated as a direct result of Tropical Cyclone Jasper.

At the time of the event, the tourism operation must:

  • have been located in at least one of the of the following Local Government Authority areas:
    • Cairns Regional Council
    • Cassowary Coast Regional Council
    • Cook Shire Council
    • Douglas Shire Council
    • Hope Vale Aboriginal Shire Council
    • Mareeba Shire Council
    • Tablelands Regional Council
    • Wujal Wujal Aboriginal Shire Council
    • Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council
  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • be registered for GST
  • intend to continue the tourism operation in the defined disaster area
  • have reasonable prospects for carrying on the tourism operation on a viable basis with the assistance provided.

Apply now

Applications are open. Apply through the SmartyGrants portal.

Please review the grant guidelines (PDF, 836.5KB) for more information regarding business eligibility and eligible purposes.

Key dates

Applications open 5 February 2024
Applications close 11 March 2024
Outcome of applications advised By 15 April 2024
Application acquittals finalised By 30 June 2025

Frequently asked questions

If you have questions around eligibility, evidence and documentation, funding calculations, or successful applicants, read our frequently asked questions.

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More information

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Last updated: 29 Feb 2024