Qantas sells “flights to nowhere” for those who are missing the excitement of air travel

Performed by: Qantas

Country: Australia

In September 2020, Qantas’ airlines launched the “Great Southern Land”, a special panoramic flight, which takes off and lands in the same city, for those who miss air travel.

The seven-hour flight is scheduled to depart on October 10, 2020 from Sydney and will return to the same city. The route will include low-altitude flights to Australia’s famous tourist destinations such as the Great Barrier Reef, Uluru, Kata Tjuta, Byron Bay and the iconic Sydney Bay.

According to the company, tickets for the flight sold out in less than 10 minutes.


Tasmanian government distributes travel vouchers for domestic tourism

Performed by: Tasmanian government

Country: Australia

In Australia, Tasmania has imposed, since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, major restrictions on the entry of people to the island, affecting one of the main economies in the region: tourism.

Thus, the local government developed a plan, called “Make Yourself at Home”, to encourage local tourism. As part of the plan, one of the initiatives, announced in August 2020, was to distribute travel vouchers to the population.

Through the program’s website, Tasmanians could register as single adults or as a couple, or as a family, to obtain discount vouchers for accommodation and/or tourist experiences. The distribution of the vouchers, which started on September 7, reached its maximum capacity in less than 40 minutes.

According to the Tasmanian government, the costs of the initiative are $ 7.5 million.


Covidsafe app: Australia’s coronavirus contact tracing application

Performed by: Australian Government

Country: Australia

Australian government has launched coronavirus tracing app amid lingering privacy concerns – The COVIDSafe tracking app is part of the government’s strategy to identify, trace and isolate as it looks at life beyond physical distance restrictions.

The app helps find close contacts of COVID-19 cases. It helps state and territory health officials to quickly contact people who may have been exposed to COVID-19. The COVIDSafe app speeds up the current manual process of finding people who have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19


Covid-19 Innovation Challenge Funding Round

Performed by: NERA

Country: Australia

The Australia’s Industry Growth Centre for the energy resources sector – NERA – will be providing $20,000 to up to ten Australian-based energy resources businesses (for a total of up to $200,000 in funding) who can offer solutions, services or knowledge that can help manage and mitigate the challenges the community will face as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Nera encourages Australian energy resources SMEs to think differently and innovatively and how they can adapt their existing solutions and/or specialised knowledge to help address challenges associated with the pandemic.


Canva offers free templates with WHO information about Covid-19 for companies to use in their communication

Performed by: Canva

Country: Australia – Global

In March 2019, the Australian online design platform Canva started offering a series for free models of images and messages about Covid-19, based on facts from the World Health Organization (WHO), for companies to use when communicating with their audience.

With so much information available, the company’s idea was to help share accurate virus information from trusted sources, so that people could take the right steps to keep themselves and others safe.