Ecotourism Australia welcomes the Federal Government’s clarification on the Ministerial and Departmental roles and responsibilities for tourism. It removes confusion and provides a single point of reference for the industry.
“The Federal Government seems to have responded to industry calls and amended its Administrative Arrangements Orders and redefined the Ministerial and Departmental tourism responsibilities”, said Ecotourism Australia Chief Executive, Rod Hillman.
The change to the Administrative Arrangements Orders puts the Trade Minister, Andrew Robb, as the single Minister responsible for Australia’s tourism agenda. “Ecotourism Australia looks forward to the Department and the Minister engaging with the Industry and moving quickly to remove the current delays in decision making and program implementation”, said Ecotourism Australia Chief Executive, Rod Hillman.
Key issues for the Tourism Industry are:
- The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has been identified as having responsibility for Tourism (reference to International has been removed) and,
- The Minister is responsible for administering the ‘Tourism Australia Act’ and ‘Tourism Australia (Repeal and Transitional Provisions) Act 2004’.
- The Department of Industry has ‘Tourism industry (domestic)’ deleted from its responsibilities and,
- The ‘Tourism Australia Act’ and ‘Tourism Australia (Repeal and Transitional Provisions) Act 2004’ omitted from the Minister’s responsibilities.