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Letter to Government from Adventure Tourism Victoria

May 18th, 2020 | | backpacker

The Federal Government has a critical responsibility to continue the JobKeeper program as it was originally announced on 30 March 2020.

That’s why today Adventure Tourism Victoria ( ATV ), on behalf of its members, is writing in support of the JobKeeper program as it was originally announced.

Employers have only just begun to receive financial support as MPs start to endorse JobKeeper rollback.

This cannot happen. With hospitality businesses still shut, state and national borders still closed, and air travel all but halted, tourism will struggle way past the 27th of September, never mind recover before that date. JobKeeper is absolutely imperative to get tourism businesses through this period .

The Federal Government’s instruction to businesses was clear: „Keep paying your employees.” If businesses could not afford to make payroll, the Federal Government directed them to take out private, government-backed loans, with businesses taking on the cost of financing.

Now, businesses have implemented plans to make the most of their staffs’ time on the JobKeeper, enrolling them in upskilling, taking on renovations, and embarking on product development.

As a result, ATV members have taken on significant risk in response to the JobKeeper announcement.

The withdrawal or rollback to JobKeepers would also affect commercial rental relief for our members.

Upon the Federal Government’s direction, Victoria introduced new acts and regulations such as:

● COVID-19 Omnibus (Emergency Measures) Act 2020

● COVID-19 Omnibus (Emergency Measures) (Commercial Leases and Licences) Regulations 2020

Both Omnibus bills define eligibility by whether „the tenant qualifies for, and is a participant in, the Jobkeeper scheme” (COVID-19 Omnibus (Emergency Measures) Act 2020 section 13 (b) (2)).

By bringing the JobKeeper program into doubt, commercial landlords are given a perverse incentive not to negotiate in good faith, but bide their time till JobKeepers is withdrawn.

ATV welcomes the debate over the implementation of JobKeeper. Yet this debate must regard further expansions or extensions of the program. To roll back the JobKeeper program before it has completed its initial run leaves already vulnerable businesses even more exposed.

We trust the Federal Government will honour its commitments and continue the JobKeeper program through 27 September, as originally announced.

Signed,

John O’Sullivan

On behalf of Adventure Tourism Victoria

Adventure Tourism Victoria (ATV) is a not-for-profit organisation comprised of 43 adventure tourism operators throughout Victoria. Our members comprise of tour operators, backpacker hostels, transportation companies and travel tech organisations.

atv.org.au

adventuretourismvictoria@gmail.com

ABN 67205234405

Press Contact: John O’Sullivan, Executive Committee Member & Founding Director of Walks 101 / 0403647923 /

john@walks101.com





One Response

  1. mike says:

    Good work from the team in Vic. Perhaps the other states should rally and get involved. Maybe this one is a national issue and BOA AQ and ATV need to make it a joint issue