Dangers on unregulated accommodation highlighted

November 24, 2015

Reports of deaths in unregulated accommodation have put the spotlight on the burgeoning sector and pressure is growing on governments at all levels to recognise the need to implement rules for commercially operated ‘share’ accommodation.

The issues surrounding insurance and liability of both guests and owners are now being seen as too substantial to ignore, and MPs from all sides of the political fence are beginning to question whether it is fair on business and workers to allow commercial operators to avoid any of the safety, health and liability obligations that are required of commercial hotel operators.

Airbnb is no longer just about renting out spare rooms for pocket money, it is a US$25 billion global operation with more rooms available than the largest hotel group in Australia.

We have organised meetings with both Austrade and the new Federal Tourism Minister, Senator Colbeck, to outline the industry’s position on the issue and provide our rationale for transparency of supply and proportionate regulation.