Funding to attract hospitality and tourism workers

Eligible businesses can apply for funding to attract tourism and hospitality workers as part of the Work Stay Play program.

The initiative offers support to:

  • attract workers who relocate to the Northern Territory (NT)
  • transition local workers from unemployment into a tourism or hospitality job.

What you can get

Eligible businesses can apply for up to $1,500 for each new eligible worker. The cap on the total amount you can claim is $60,000.

Payments for each worker will be split into two instalments:

  • $750 when the eligible worker starts employment in the NT
  • $750 after 8 weeks of continuous employment.

Who can apply

The program is aimed at Territory tourism and hospitality businesses.

Tourism business means a business whose primary activity is the provision of goods or services to facilitate business, pleasure or leisure activities away from the home environment.

Hospitality business means a business whose primary activity is to provide services related to leisure and customer satisfaction across the following categories:

  • service of prepared food and beverages
  • short term accommodation.

Worker eligibility

An eligible worker is a person who either:

  • has relocated to the NT from outside the Territory for the purposes of taking up employment with an eligible employer or
  • is an NT resident who was unemployed for at least one month immediately prior to commencing employment with the eligible employer.

A worker must also meet all of the following criteria:

  • be an Australian citizen, permanent resident or otherwise legally authorised to work in Australia
  • commenced employment with an eligible employer on or after 30 April 2021
  • is working a minimum of 20 hours per week
  • is not related to or a relative of the employer.

How to apply

Apply online on the SmartyGrants website. The program closes to new applications at 5pm on 31 August 2021.

Before you apply, read the program terms and conditions updated on 22 June 2021.

Work stay play program terms and conditions PDF (283.4 KB)
Work stay play program terms and conditions DOCX (644.7 KB)

Information you will need

Eligible employers will need to include the following information on their application:

  • their legal name and trading name (if any)
  • Australian business number (ABN)
  • physical address they operate from in the NT
  • name of a general manager or other person in charge of the business
  • name and contact number of contact person for participation in the program
  • details of their eligible workers.

Employers will also be required to provide a statutory declaration as part of their application for funding and provide proof of employment of eligible workers.

If requested by the government, employers must:

  • verify details of any employees who receive payments under the program
  • provide evidence of eligibility of workers, being either proof of previous unemployed status or relocation to the NT
  • provide evidence of full payments made to the eligible worker.



Last updated: 22 June 2021

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