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Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

Indigenous Tourism Fund consultation


Starting or growing an Indigenous tourism business can be hard. That is why the Government will provide $40 million over four years for an Indigenous Tourism Fund (ITF), to give businesses a leg up.

Tourism businesses across Australia provide thousands of jobs and help to grow our economy. Tourism jobs are especially important in regional and remote Australia. Australia’s tourism sector is growing and we want to make sure Indigenous tourism businesses are part of this growth.

We know that tourists coming to Australia want to experience Indigenous tourism, but they don’t always get the chance to. There are opportunities for new and growing Indigenous businesses to share their culture, country, art and history with tourists – both from Australia and overseas. With the fund, the Government will help support new and growing Indigenous tourism businesses, particularly in regional and remote Australia.

Why we are consulting

We want to make sure the fund meets your needs.

Your input will help us better understand the experience, needs and expectations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, Indigenous stakeholders, and the Indigenous tourism sector.

Your input will also help to define the design of the fund ensuring it provides value, focuses on gaps and barriers to success and increases opportunities in the Indigenous tourism industry.

Read the discussion paper setting issues for consultation.

How you can provide feedback

The public consultation is now open and will close on 22 November 2019. There are two ways you can provide feedback:

  1. We welcome submissions and ask that you consider the questions raised in the discussion paper. Submissions should be emailed to by 22 November 2019.
  2. Alternatively, you can participate by answering the questions in the short survey below by 22 November 2019.

If you need more information, please contact the NIAA at

Online survey

The National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA) is collecting the personal information in this survey for the purpose of informing the design of the Indigenous Tourism Fund. For the same purpose, we may provide this information to relevant Ministers and government agencies. Your participation in the consultation including the survey is voluntary. If you choose not to provide us with the requested information we may be unable to contact you about the consultation, however we will still consider your comments. We will not provide any of the information collected from you to anybody else outside the NIAA unless you have given consent for us to do this, or the law requires us to. Our Privacy Policy on our website describes when this might occur. Our Privacy Policy explains how we store, handle and protect your personal information. It also explains how you can request to access or correct the personal information we hold about you, and who to contact if you have a privacy enquiry or complaint. You can also contact our Privacy Officer at if you would like a copy of the Privacy Policy.