Applications open today for a fresh round of Australian Government funding for tourism projects under the TQUAL Grant program for projects that will nurture quality tourism experiences and support Australia’s marketing campaigns.

The TQUAL Grants – Tourism Quality Projects provide support of up to $100,000 on a dollar for dollar basis for smaller-scale projects to stimulate private sector investment in the community. The TQUAL Grants funding is separate and in addition to the $10 million joint Australian and Queensland Government tourism support package to assist Queensland tourism operators following the floods. The grants are open for applications from organisations across Australia. The grants are competitive and are independently assessed on merit.

Tourism contributes $33 billion a year to the Australian Gross Domestic Product and employing one-in-12 working Australians. Tourism is the nation’s largest services export and contributes eight per cent of Australia’s total export earnings.

Applications for Tourism Quality Projects open today and will close on 15 April 2011 with announcements of successful projects by mid 2011. For further information on TQUAL Grants visit Tourism Quality Project applications and program guides are available at or by calling 13 28 46.