AFTA team grows to drive state and territory policy

The Association is welcoming aboard a new lobbyist to help shape policy on behalf of its members.

THE Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) team has grown, to drive policy at state and territory level, appointing a new Director of Public Policy & Advocacy Ingrid Fraser.

Bringing extensive expertise in policy development, advocacy, government relations, and stakeholder engagement at all levels of government, Fraser’s appointment aligns with AFTA’s key focus of supporting travel businesses and the wider sector in rebuilding its workforces post-pandemic.

In her previous role as the Australian Chamber of Commerce & Industry’s Associate Director – Workforce & Tourism Policy, Fraser’s portfolio covered tourism, migration, employment, and workforce participation.

Fraser’s skills will complement and expand the existing strong track record on government relations at AFTA to deliver better policy outcomes for members, with her multi-discipline background also including experience at other industry associations, including previous work alongside the Association’s team.

“Ingrid’s appointment will strengthen the industry’s ability to engage with governments around Australia,” Chief Executive Officer Dean Long believes.

“AFTA successfully lobbied the last NSW Government to reconsider unworkable changes to terms and conditions which would have broken the business model for every travel agent, travel business, and tour operator, and left consumers stranded.

“There’s still much to be done at a state and territory, level including securing funding to support the benefit of the federal government adding ‘travel consultants’ to the skills priority list.

Fraser has also worked as a lawyer, and describes herself as an “avid traveller”.

“I’m excited to be advocating on behalf of an industry that I love, particularly at a time when the travel sector is undergoing such rapid change,” she said.

“AFTA’s work in positively shaping the landscape for the benefit of the entire travel sector has been impressive and there’s a very real opportunity to continue to advance understanding of the value of travel within government.”

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