Royalties for Regions
WA Indigenous Tourism Operators Committee (WAITOC)
WAITOC is the peak industry body for Aboriginal tourism in the State. It plays an important role in advocacy, marketing, supporting emerging product and the provision of networking opportunities for the State's tourism industry. Since it began operations in 2000, WAITOC has moved from being an informal committee of Aboriginal tourism operators to an incorporated entity that has achieved considerable progress in getting the Indigenous tourism operators in the State to work together.
To date, WAITOC's long term operations have been uncertain as it has received adhoc government funding. In response to a request to the WA Government for further funding, Tourism WA commissioned a review of its operations which considered its future direction, governance, management and key outputs. The report set out a five year strategic plan aimed at enabling WAITOC to become self-sustainable. It identified that Government funding for a transition period of three years would be required for an alternative funding and operational model to be realised.
Royalties for Regions is providing one-off funding of $900,000 over three years to support the operation of WAITOC in order to support its transition to a new self-sustaining operational and funding model.