Up to $100,000 in funding is available for innovative tourism projects.




The Government has allocated $40 million in government grants over 4 years from 1 July 2011 for TQUAL Grants to stimulate sustainable economic growth in the Australian tourism industry by making funding available for tourism projects that enhance and refresh Australia’s tourism offering and its competitiveness as a destination.



The Government has established the TQUAL Grants program to fund projects which:

  • Develop innovative and strategic tourism products and experiences through joint investment to enhance and support the sustainable economic growth of the host communities and regions; and
  • Develop the industry’s capacity to address the principles set out in the National Long-Term Tourism Strategy.


Eligible Activities

The TQUAL funding program will support the following types of tourism projects:

  • Implementation projects such as innovative tourism product, service or experience refreshment or upgrade;
  • Initiation projects such as feasibility studies; and
  • Projects which support the industry’s capacity to be innovative and productive, or that offer leadership to the industry (driven by national peak or sectoral tourism associations).

 See some of the TQUAL case studies from previous years to get an idea of what they like to fund:

  • TQUAL – Case Study – Melbourne Aquarium
  • TQUAL – Case Study – Djabugay Rain Forest Tours
  • TQUAL – Case Study – Newcastle City Evolutions
  • TQUAL – Case Study – Pannys World of Chocolate
  • TQUAL – Case Study – Wildflower Country
  • TQUAL – Case Study – Yugambeh Museum

Also see the full list of TQUAL recipients here:

  • TQUAL – Recipients (2011)
  • TQUAL – Recipients (2012)

Alternatively, contact us and see what we think of your project.


What is the chance of success?

The chance of success based on random selection from previous rounds was:

  • TQUAL Round 1: 39%  (117 successful applications from 300 applications)
  • TQUAL Round 2: 22%  (77 successful applications from 350 applications)
  • TIRF Round 1: 8% (65 successful applications from 763 applications)

Expert Assistance

Writing a good quality grant application is a critical element in the application process. An application needs to be well thought through, written concisely, have clear objectives and purpose, and show clear links to the objectives of the grant guidelines.

The grant application must answer all questions, provide all required information and respond to the merit criteria. It should also reflect your organisation’s business strategy.

Writing a good application takes time and effort, and requires particular writing skills.

Bulletpoint are expert grant consultants and can assist with all aspects of grant preparation. We also dont wait for the guidelines to be announced as we know what is required in order to be successful.

Call us on (03) 9005 6789 or email to discuss further.

We can assist with demonstrating:

  • how the project is innovative and provides a quality tourism product or experience in the region
  • alignment to the National Long-Term Tourism Strategy and Tourism 2020, and state/territory or regional economic development/tourism plans
  • the need for the project
  • long term financial viability of the project (in particular after the grant period)
  • a clear plan for sharing project experiences, outcomes and lessons with the tourism industry
  • a capacity to deliver the project
  • sound project methodology including budget, timeline and community involvement
  • value for money including a need for funding



The last round of T-QUAL Grants closed on 3 May 2013. There are no more future rounds plannned.

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