I sent a submission to the Queensland State Government in Australia regarding their current review of home sharing. I received this response yesterday.
Thank you for your email regarding home sharing in Queensland. I have been requested to reply to you on behalf of the Premier and Minister for Trade.
As you rightly point out, there are real benefits from the sharing economy including increased visitation, small business growth and jobs.
The Queensland Government is committed to growing the tourism industry and supporting small business growth, and is seeking input from a range of stakeholders so that any measures considered are appropriate to Queensland’s unique circumstances.
The Honourable Kate Jones MP, Minister for Innovation and Tourism Industry Development and Minister for the Commonwealth Games established an Industry Reference Group (the Group) following calls by the Local Government Association of Queensland for a clear policy and response to the use of residential properties for short-term accommodation that are facilitated by online bookings.
On 9 July 2018, following Minister Jones’ chairing of the fourth Group meeting, she announced that a code of conduct for hosts and guests will be central to Queensland’s response to short-term letting. Minister Jones also announced that the Government would look to introduce a system of data sharing in the short-term accommodation sector.
The Queensland Government wants to make it easier, not harder, for people to come to our great State, however, it is also important to preserve our standard of living here in Queensland. To this end, the Group will draft a list of recommendations which are expected to be presented to the Government by the end of the year for its consideration and it will be important that the Government strikes the right balance.
Again, thank you for writing to the Premier on this important matter.
Office of the Premier"
The traditional short-stay accommodation industry has strong links with the Queensland Government. The Queensland Government funds Tourism Queensland. The primary KPI for Tourism Queensland is room nights in hotel/motel/resort properties. Any leakage to home-stays is bad news for Tourism Queensland even though our State is benefiting from the home and ride sharing economies.