Tourism industry regulations are designed to protect businesses, visitors and the community. As a business operator you need to be aware of, and abide by, the requirements for all local, state and Australian government regulations that apply to your trade and business activities.
The permits and licences you need to run a tourism business in Queensland will depend on the services you offer (e.g. transport, accommodation, meals) and where you offer them (e.g. National Parks, Recreational Areas and Forests).
Use the links below to learn more about the regulatory requirements from national, state and local government bodies.
A Commercial Activity Permit (CAP) is required for business activities conducted in a protected area, recreation area or forest, including Queensland’s national parks, conservation parks, resources reserves, recreation areas and forests.
Business viability refers to a situation in which a business is surviving, according to its financial position and performance.
Assessing this viability is done by looking at a variety of indicators, such as the gross margin, cash flow, asset/liability position (including working capital), liquidity, debtor/creditor position, and funding/availability of funding.
Below you’ll find a link to self-assessment tools, for you to assess how your business is currently performing.
This handy calculator tool from the Australian Tax Office will help you to evaluate the financial viability of your business. To get the most from it, you’ll need three full years of financial data or two full years of financial data and one partial year of data.
Digital business management skills are becoming increasingly important for tourism businesses. Many of your potential customers will use websites to browse and plan their holidays, so it’s important your business has a good, secure online presence.
Use the links below to learn more about conducting digital transactions and keeping your business safe online.
A great place to start if you’re just starting out, this guide covers digital skills, Search Engine Optimisation (SEO), social media tips, blogging and content creation, legal obligations, and doing bookings or transactions online.
It also includes information about the Australian Tourism Data Warehouse (ATDW) – a useful platform for reaching wide audiences across tourism websites.
Introduces you to the tools, techniques and legal obligations you’re required to meet, in order to protect your business from online attacks, data leaks and financial losses.
This handy tool assesses your current digital strengths and helps you identify ways your business can improve online.
Checking in on the health of your business and looking for ways to improve your resilience ensures that you are ready for anything – from staff turnover to disaster recovery and more.
Understanding where your business is excelling and opportunities for improvement, is vital in making sure your business is equipped for anything life throws your way.
The Tourism Business Health Check will give you a personalised report on the state of your business, and resources for you to build it even stronger, so you can feel confident in the future.