Developments in technology are changing the way people supply and consume goods and services, leading to the growth of the 'sharing economy' that directly connects consumers and suppliers. In responding to this trend, the NSW Minister for Planning, the Hon Rob Stokes MP, has requested the Legislative Assembly Committee on Environment and Planning to undertake an inquiry into the adequacy of the regulation of short-term holiday letting in NSW.
The Committee has published the 210 submissions it received from traditional and web-based accommodation providers, local councils and industry associations, strata corporations and homeowners, including both hosts and neighbours of short-term lets. The Committee met in Tweed Heads on 7 March 2016, where it heard valuable evidence from regional stakeholders, and held a second public hearing in Sydney on 14 March 2016 at which it took evidence from representatives of metropolitan councils, the insurance and tourism industries, online accommodation providers, strata corporations, and the NSW Department of Planning. The Committee inquiry is currently at report drafting stage. For further information about the inquiry and contact details for the Committee, see the Committees website.