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1 June, 2021

Barrier Reef cash on offer

Commercial reef tourism operators have the chance to join the Great Barrier Reef Education Experience Program which is part of a government investment of more than $800 million in Queensland tourism’s COVID-19 Economic Recovery Plan.

State Assistant Tourism Minister  Michael Healy said commercial tourism operators who meet eligibility criteria should submit an expression of interest by 5pm on Monday 7 June.

“For some 6500 Queensland students, the Great Barrier Reef Education Experience Program will turn the reef into the state’s biggest classroom and increase bookings for local reef tour business,” Mr Healy said.

“There’s no better way to learn about the about the biology and protection of the reef than snorkeling the reef, sea kayaking or taking in a glass bottom boat experience with a Queensland tourism operator.

“The Reef Education Program will deliver a boost for the reef tour industry and accommodation providers. 

“It’s an initiative that works on many levels from stronger community understanding of the reef to inspiring a new generation of Queensland students to aim for careers in reef sciences.”

Mr Healy said the Palaszczuk Government was supporting and diversifying our tourism economy.

“An incentive like this will work beyond the traditional tourism high season and into the shoulder periods,” Mr Healy said.

Applications will open soon for Queensland primary and secondary school excursions from the start of term three this year and will run for three-years, or until funding is exhausted.

For further information including how to submit an expression of interest, visit

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