Small Business Survival Fund
In addition to the Tourism Resilience Plan and Jobs Rescue and Recovery package, the
Territory Government this week has announced a $50 million Small Business Survival Fund.
The Fund will deliver grants to help local businesses stay alive and survive the unprecedented
economic impacts of the coronavirus outbreak.
Hospitality, restaurants, tourism and entertainment businesses will be prioritised to ensure
they are able to rebound and rebuild when this crisis ends.
The Fund will be administered by the Department of Business, Trade and Innovation, which
will receive recommendations of support from members of a Skilled Advisory Board.
The Board is chaired by Dick Guit and supported by the Chair of Tourism NT, Michael Bridge,
Chamber of Commerce President, Karen Sheldon and Hospitality NT President, Paul Palmer.
The grant program will be open for applications from Friday, 27 March 2020 and more
information can be found at business.nt.gov.au/recovery.
Business Support Program
Today we are also releasing a new Tourism Business Support program for event organisers,
suppliers and tourism operators through business continuity and financial advice.
It will provide:
• Business Continuity Support for event organisers, suppliers and tourism operators.
• Workshops presented by KPMG in Darwin and Alice Springs around business planning
and where to go for financial support.
• Private two-hour appointments with a KPMG representative where individual business
owners and operators will be able to get personalised financial advice and business planning
Tourism Marketing Update
We are focused on marketing opportunities which remain realistic and viable.
With NT border restrictions coming in to place today to protect the health and wellbeing of
Territorians, Tourism NT is suspending all domestic and international marketing campaigns
that have not yet been launched into market and will focus on planning an immediate return
to market as soon as it is responsible to do so.
Tourism NT will keep a presence in market through social media posts to keep the Territory
top of mind, continue a high level of engagement and ensure spirits are high for when
DIGITAL ADAPTATION PROGRAM ($200 000)
Support for the Territory arts sector including not-for-profit organisations and artists to help
establish an on-line presence including the capacity to develop online content, establishing
e-commerce platforms, and supporting business continuity and remote operations.
CHANNEL NT ($200 000)
Development of an online platform to live stream NT creative content, stand-up comedy, live
lounge room performances and gigs, creating an online community for creative practice and
engagement, showcasing and profiling NT arts to the world.
The platform will be managed, delivered and produced by NT local creative producers, with
content provided by artists, in partnership with screen and arts businesses.
TERRITORY ART PROJECTS ($400 000)
Grants will support Northern Territory artists and arts workers across multiple art forms to
develop and showcase new work, develop innovative online or digital projects, and acquire
Activities may include:
• research, development and creation of new artistic works;
• innovative use of technology, online platforms, live streaming to develop and show case new
work, reach audiences and develop online communities and engagement;
• skills development including participation in online workshops or skills development
• support for emerging artists in the first five years of professional practice.
SCREEN INDUSTRY SUPPORT & CONTENT DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM ($1 million)
The Government has made a significant investment over the past four years to grow this
This program will support screen content development, essential upskilling of the industry
and development of production-ready content.
A broad range of screen practitioners will benefit, as well as supporting creatives who are
essential in the development of screen content including, NT musicians, graphic designers,
illustrators, animators, prop and set builders and clothes designers.
INDIGENOUS VISUAL ARTS INDUSTRY SUPPORT PROGRAM ($200 000)
Grants will be provided to our Indigenous visual arts peak bodies (Desart and ANKA) to
provide intensive support to Aboriginal art centres, artists and arts workers.
The Department of Tourism, Sport and Culture is working hard to establish these programs
and will provide details as soon as possible.
In addition, Arts NT, Screen Territory and NTMEC have been given discretion to provide
reporting and other grant condition relief to organisations with existing NTG funding