A parliamentary inquiry into the regulation of short stay accommodation in Western Australia has been established after the Economics and Industry Standing Committee resolved to investigate the adequacy of current state-wide regulator practices surrounding holiday properties.
The inquiry commenced on November 1, and is accepting submissions from the public, as per official submission guidelines, until January 25, 2019.
Any submissions must meet the specific Terms of Reference set out for the inquiry, which are as follows.
Terms of Reference:
The Economics and Industry Standing Committee will inquire into and report on matters relating to the regulation of short-stay accommodation in Western Australia, with particular reference to:
1. The forms and regulatory status of short-stay accommodation providers in regional and metropolitan Western Australia, including existing powers available to local government authorities.
2. The changing market and social dynamics in the short-stay accommodation sector.
3. Issues in the short-stay accommodation sector, particularly associated with emerging business models utilising online booking platforms.
4. Approaches within Australian and international jurisdictions to ensure the appropriate regulation of short-stay accommodation.
The Committee will report to the House by 27 June 2019.