The Australian Tourism Industry Council has called on the Federal Government to maintain and extend JobKeeper beyond September as ATIC research reveals the devastating cost of Victoria’s stalled tourism market.
ATIC executive director Simon Westaway said the council’s five-point plan for a future JobKeeper highlighted how it could help affected businesses get to the other side of COVID-19. Its plan includes:
• Extending JobKeeper by at least six months and maintaining it until our international border reopens;
• Extending JobKeeper to include regular seasonal employees;
• Targeting JobKeeper based on a business turnover, not industry;
• Reviewing the JobKeeper payment level; and,
• Providing advance notice of a JobKeeper extension for workforce retention.
“JobKeeper is doing the job intended for our heavily-hit tourism industry and all its associated businesses to retain their core workforce until visitor demand recovers,” Mr Westaway said. “Retaining and extending JobKeeper is an absolute priority for tourism enterprises and tens of thousands of jobs within them, and it has demonstrated community support backing this position.
“The collective economic impact of our international border closure and changeable state and territory border constraints has smashed Australian tourism. Our industry needs far greater time than JobKeeper’s September deadline to allow for a meaningful recovery.”
Mr Westaway said research by ATIC had put the cost of Victoria’s stalled interstate tourism market at $147 million in weekly gross state product. “The retention and extension of JobKeeper is not negotiable beyond September if we want a recovering tourism sector.”
You can read ATIC’s full JobKeeper plan here