The Noosa Electorate office has received the following update from the Minister’s office in response to the current situation on Short-term Residential Accommodation in Queensland:

“The Palaszczuk Government is committed to supporting our $25 billion tourism industry, including the peer-to-peer economy.

That’s why we set up an Industry Reference Group to hear from industry, local government, universities and accommodation platforms – including representation from Airbnb and Stayz.

The reference group has provided advice to government about the best way to achieve a balanced approach to managing short-term residential accommodation in Queensland.

In recent discussions, the reference group agreed we should focus on:
• a Code of Conduct for hosts and guests with a limited number of strikes and ‘you’re out’ policy to reduce poor behaviour and impacts to neighbours and the rest of the community
• a system of data sharing to provide greater transparency for councils
• an audit of existing regulation applying to tourism accommodation providers under Queensland legislation

Everyone acknowledges that short-term accommodation is an important part of our state’s tourism industry and more Queenslanders are electing to share their property in this new market.

We also recognise it is important for local government to know when someone is simply renting out a room or their home and when someone is running a commercial business.

The Palaszczuk Government will continue to work closely with industry and accommodation platforms to ensure that new measures introduced here will be appropriate for Queensland and get the balance right.”

More news will follow as to hand.