THE Federal Treasurer has flagged new support programs to follow on from JobKeeper will be announced in the coming days.
Josh Frydenberg landed in Cairns yesterday ahead of a Queensland listening tour, where he will meet with political and business leaders about what support is needed once JobKeeper comes to an end this month.
“What I’ve heard from some businesses that I’ve met is that some are doing well and others are finding it a bit more challenging,” Mr Frydenberg told reports on Monday.
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“So it’s about targeting that support but also providing opportunities for those who are doing OK to even take on more workers.
“We can never make businesses whole. We have to be realistic about that.
“It will be an ongoing challenge.
“None of these policies are set and forget. It is about continually re-evaluating the situation we’re in and making adjustments accordingly.”
Tourism leaders have been begging for continued support, arguing many businesses will go bust and thousands of workers could lose their jobs without a scheme similar to JobKeeper.
The Tourism & Transport Forum released new research on Monday, which showed Australia is still reeling from a 40 per cent drop in tourism.
“The fact remains that despite some intrastate visitation slowly coming back, as state border closures or merely the threat of them continues to dominate the headlines, widespread consumer confidence and travel is at an all-time low,” TTF chief executive Margy Osmond said.
“That is why as the vaccine is rolled out, TTF calls on National Cabinet to commit to put politics and state electioneering aside and commit to keeping state borders open once and for all.”
Ms Osmond was confident a deal would be done within days.
“We have had very constructive and detailed in-person briefings in recent weeks with Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Dan Tehan and we are confident that our concerns and potential support options are being closely considered at this critical juncture,” she said.
“A year into this pandemic, we need both consistency among the state and territory governments and meaningful support from the Federal Government if we are to collectively survive 2021 and then recover beyond that.”