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Funding relief announced for NT zoos and aquariums

  • 28 April 2020
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The Federal Government has announced a $94.6 million support package to assist Australia's zoos and aquariums.

This initiative is part of the Government's $1 billion Relief and Recovery Fund to support regions, communities and industry sectors that have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19.

The funding will assist exhibiting zoos and aquariums with the fixed operational costs associated with the caring of their animals, while also helping to ensure Australian zoos and aquariums can remain viable and ready to welcome visitors when restrictions are eased.

Eligible exhibiting zoos and aquariums will have access to a grant that contributes towards up to six months of its animal welfare operating costs. This includes animal feed, enclosure, health and other specialised care expenses, and utilities directly related to the housing and caring for animals.

In addition to this support to help with operational costs, zoos and aquariums who meet the criteria will be able to apply for the JobKeeper program to assist with staffing costs.

Austrade will work with the Zoo and Aquarium Association to identify eligible members, as well as state and territory tourism organisations to identify non-members which may be eligible for financial assistance. Contact will be made in early May 2020 and eligible zoos and aquariums will be invited by Austrade to submit an application for a grant.

An initial payment will be made within 10 days of eligible applicants executing a funding agreement. The balance will be paid from 1 July 2020 when the expenses of eligible applicants who can show an ongoing decline in revenue of at least 30% have been established.

For more information please download the Fact Sheet.

A list of measures announced under the COVID-19 Relief and Recovery Fund is available on the Department of Infrastructure website. Stay up to date on future announcements under the Fund through the agency's page.

Page last updated on 29 April 2020