A new National Sustainability Framework for the visitor economy and a Sustainable Tourism Toolkit jointly developed by the Australian, state and territory governments have been released.

The Framework is the first of its kind for the industry. It provides a nationally agreed understanding of sustainable tourism and a vision for Australia to be a world leader in the sector.

The Toolkit provides a range of supportive guides to help businesses implement sustainable practices and communicate their sustainability stories to visitors.

Federal Tourism Minister Don Farrell said: "Sustainability is essential for the future success and competitiveness of Australia's visitor economy. A sustainable, thriving tourism industry means jobs, growth, and infrastructure that benefits the community."

Industry associations have welcomed the Framework as an important foundation for the visitor economy, allowing it to evolve in a well-managed and responsible way.

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Managing Director in Australasia Joel Katz said: "The National Sustainability Framework is aligned with the cruise industry's own commitment to the principles established by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) and will provide an important foundation for our development into the future.”

The Australian Tourism Industry Council (ATIC) CEO Erin McLeod said: “ATIC will leverage our Sustainable Tourism Accreditation program to implement the framework with visitor economy businesses. It is important to ensure Australia’s tourism offerings will be enjoyed for generations to come and we are proud to have already supported a significant number of businesses in their sustainability efforts.”

Click here to access the National Sustainability Framework.

Click here to access the Sustainable Tourism Toolkit.