Member for Warren-Blackwood, Terry Redman is pleased the McGowan Government has supported his call for an enquiry into issues affecting short stay accommodation providers.
“I have been approached by a number of people in the tourism industry regarding the ‘unequal playing field’ between registered and unregistered short stay accommodation providers, and the use of online booking platforms such as Airbnb,” Mr Redman said.
In Parliament this week, the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, Hon Peter Watson MLA, read a statement from the Economics and Industry Standing Committee advising their intention to inquire into issues affecting the short stay accommodation sector in Western Australia.
Mr Redman said, “I am very pleased the committee sanctioned this formal inquiry that will give all interested parties an opportunity to raise issues and contribute towards an updated regulatory framework.”
“The enquiry is an important step in protecting our tourism industry, providing choice of accommodation, and ensuring consumer safety and community amenity,” Mr Redman said.
Mr Redman said although the terms of reference are still being finalised, he expected the inquiry to investigate the status of the industry in WA, review regulatory and taxation frameworks, and examine approaches taken by other Australian and international governments.
“I hope all those with an interest in the short-stay accommodation sector will take the opportunity to contact the Economics and Industry Standing Committee and ensure their views are considered as part of this inquiry,” Mr Redman said.