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Given the declining world commodity market and the consequent poor performance of Australias mining and agricultural sectors the government must acknowledge tourism as the key growth sector Without sound management strategies and a co-ordinated policy framework long-term growth in tourism and hospitality cannot be sustained benefits will not be maximised and the various resources may be depleted as carrying capacities rapidly are reached A global national perspective is not sufficient indeed even a national perspective is not sufficient - industry impacts varies from one state and region to another in terms of the type of activities the intensity of tourist activity and the socialculturalenvironmentaleconomic objectives Government has no choice but to apply a large variety of measures information and education economic measures including financing and environmentalcultural protection standards and regulatory instruments planning and management strategies While the central agency focus is essential this must be fully integrated with similar functions at state and local government levels to ensure their work and initiatives complement rather than conflict with each other The Sport and Tourism Division within the Department of Industry Science and Resources DISR set the national policy and direction for tourism leisure and hospitality in Australia This division is charged with developing implementing and administering Federal Government policy and programs relating to the sport and recreation and tourism sectors This is designed to create an economic and policy environment conducive to the continued growth of these dynamic sectors The Divisions objective is to increase the innovation and competitiveness of Australias sport and tourism industries BTR 2000Pg1 Given the size of the tourist industry in Australia the adequacy of this level of representation ie buried within a larger department can be questioned if the Divisions objective is to be met In addition to the Sport and Tourism Division many other agencies make up the Federal Governments sport and tourism portfolio These include The Bureau of Tourism Research
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