Tourism has enormous potential for future growth – provided that the policy settings are favourable to support growth in a highly competitive international market. Investment from government would enhance the opportunity of the visitor economy so that Australia can enjoy the jobs, growth and export income that the sector can generate.

Our policy principles for tourism:

Make it easier for tourism businesses to hire staff, and develop the skills the industry needs.

Improve access to workers in regional areas, including through a responsive migration program.

Develop and improve tourism infrastructure.

Create an Industry Growth Centre for the visitor economy within existing resources.

Accelerate visa reform, including rapid rollout of streamlined and online visa processes.

Reform the Tourist Refund Scheme.

Lower visa fees.

Restore Tourism Australia’s funding in real terms.

Reduce red tape for tourism businesses.

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