Earlier this month the Federal Budget was announced based on the stark assumption that our international borders are unlikely to open until at least mid-2022 – even then it’s likely to be a phased opening.
For many South Australian businesses and industries, particularly tourism, hospitality and those that rely on international students coming to our shores, it means that recovery efforts are likely to be slow. Except for tax relief, there was little in the budget to support such industries going forward.
More details about the phased opening of our international borders would be beneficial, along with a nationally consistent approach to quarantine, so that businesses can plan for their workforce needs.
With the Committee’s focus on young people and future jobs, we welcome any budget measures that address skills shortages and getting people into work.