Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates from the Australian Government

Severely affected regions and sectors - COVID-19 Relief and Recovery Fund


The Government has set aside $1 billion to support communities, regions and industries most significantly affected by the coronavirus. These funds will be available to assist during the outbreak and to help with the recovery.

What’s available and when

Funding will be channelled through existing mechanisms where possible to ensure support is provided quickly. New funding mechanisms will be established where there is a critical need.

The following measures are part of the COVID-19 Relief and Recovery Fund:

  • Regional Airlines Funding Assistance
  • Regional Airline Network Support
  • Airfreight Support
  • Levy Relief for Commonwealth Fisheries
  • Additional Funding for the Export Market Development Grants Scheme
  • Supporting Indigenous Visual Arts Centres
  • Crisis Relief for Regional Arts
  • Support Act: Crisis Relief to Artists, Crew and Music Workers
  • Supporting Australia’s Exhibiting Zoos and Aquariums
  • Commonwealth National Parks – Support for Tourism – Fee Waivers
  • Temporary Waiver of Environmental Management Change in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park
  • Renewing Reef HQ Aquarium
  • Great Barrier Reef Tourism Industry Activation and Reef Protection
  • Reef Builder – The Coastal Communities Recovery Project
  • Free Financial Counselling and Recovery Support for Regional Small Businesses
  • Seafood Sector COVID-19 Support -  “Eat Seafood Australia” Campaign
  • Supporting Agricultural Shows and Field Days
  • Securing Forestry Resources for Economic Recovery
  • Temporary Oil Recycling Sector Support
  • Business Events Grants Program
  • Recovery for Regional Tourism


The Government will work with affected industries and communities to develop recovery plans and measures.

Australian airlines and airports

The Government will provide initial support to our airline industry through an estimated $715 million package of relief from a range of taxes and Government charges.

This package will support our aviation sector through an unprecedented period of disruption to international and domestic air travel.

What’s available and when

Support will be available to businesses conducting commercial and aeromedical aircraft operations that are subject to the taxes, fees, charges and costs covered by the package.

The aviation sector will be supported through relief from a range of taxes and Government charges between 1 February 2020 and 31 December 2020.