Advocacy

 

The Accommodation Association works extensively in policy and advocacy across a broad spectrum of issues to ensure travel and tourism remains at the forefront of the minds of policy-makers. The Accommodation Association holds a high level of engagement with a range of government and shadow ministers at both a state and federal level. This includes the senior advisors, departmental personnel and other key political staffers. As well as working to ensure that governments are sensitive to the needs of our members and the broader tourism industry. We alsowork with other leading industry organisations and maintain strong links with representatives of the main travel destinations and with travel principals and suppliers.

On behalf of members, we lobby government both at the national and state level, on a range of issues to help our members do business more easily:

  • Supporting Tourism Investment
  • Addressing Online Travel Agencies (OTAs) and anti-competitive behaviours
  • Strengthening the regulatory environment for non-compliant short-term rental accommodation
  • Supporting tourism demand growth
  • Encouraging and supporting accommodation investment
  • Addressing Labour and Skills shortages
  • Driving visa reform

 The below details our submissions on the key issues affecting our sector. 

2020

Submission to the Queensland Government on Short Term Letting - January 2020

The Accommodation Association is pleased to provide the following submission to the Queensland Government’s Short-Term Resident Accommodation Industry Reference Group.

Submission to the Federal Government Pre Budget 2020/21- January 2020

The Accommodation Association is pleased to provide the following submission to the Federal Government on the need to increase investment into the tourism industry in the next budget.

Submission to the NSW Pre-Budget Submission 2020/21 - March 2020

With the tourism industry going through a period of unprecedented crisis, the tourism accommodation sector is currently preparing short and long-term contingency measures and undertaking scenario planning in an effort to sustain business operations. During this period the government has a role to play, both in reducing immediate regulatory burdens to support growth and working with industry to both sustain growth and ensure resilience post the crisis

Submission to Federal Government COVID19 support packages - March 2020

The devastated Australian tourism industry is now facing massive job losses and a very bleak future without significant government support to retain as many workers as possible. The sector's peak bodies have today called on the Federal Government to urgently introduce a raft of measures to urgently assist the failing visitor economy industries which are reeling from the combined impacts of the bushfires and the Covid19 pandemic

Tourism Industry Joint Correspondence to Treasury's Coronavirus Business Liaison Unit - March 2020

A joint submission from the CEOs of the Accommodation Association, the Australian Federation of Travel Agents, Cruise Lines International Association Australasia, the Restaurant and Catering Association, the Business Events Council of Australia and the Tourism & Transport Forum. 

Our industries have collectively experienced the economic double impact of bushfires and now the far greater impact of Covid19. Our sectors are beyond pain, we are facing extinction. Current economic modelling shows that over the course of 2020 we will likely see over 300,000 job losses in tourism, or almost half the sector. 

For example, within the accommodation sector, hotels are facing occupancies of 10% or less across the country and will have no other recourse but to close their doors. And in the business events sector, every event from February 2020 through to November 2020 has been cancelled and revenues are already at zero. The harsh reality is that there is no longer any demand and therefore no work for most of our industry

2019

Submission to the Australian Government Franchising Taskforce Franchising sector reforms Regulation Impact Statement 

The Accommodation Association of Australia is pleased to provide the following submission to the Franchising Taskforce in response to the call for submissions on the Franchising Regulation Impact Statement

Submission to NSW Government  Short-Term Rental Accommodation A NEW REGULATORY FRAMEWORK DISCUSSION PAPER 

The Accommodation Association of Australia (AAoA) is pleased to provide the following submission to the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment responding to the New South Wales Government’s Short-Term Rental Accommodation, A new regulatory framework Discussion paper

Submission to Department of Environment and Energy - Independent review of the Commercial Building Disclosure Program

The Accommodation Association of Australia (AAoA) is pleased to provide the following submission to the Federal Department of Environment and Energy responding to the request for further input into the DRAFT REPORT of the Independent review of the Commercial Building Disclosure Program

Economics and Industry Standing Committee Inquiry into Short-Stay Accommodation in Western Australia - Submission of Accommodation Association of Australia (March 2019) 

The Accommodation Association of Australia submission Inquiry into Short-Stay Accommodation in Western Australia.

2018

Treasury Laws Amendment (Make Sure Multinationals Pay Their Fair Share of Tax in Australia and Other Measures) Bill 2018 (November 2018)

The Accommodation Association of Australia does not support the bill passing Parliament in its current form. This is because the additional tax GST on accommodation bookings the legislation seeks to impose will fall on operators of accommodation businesses – not online travel agencies – making it a virtual bed tax. Effectively, this legislation will impose a new bed tax on Australia’s accommodation businesses of 3.75 per cent.

GST on offshore hotel bookings legislation (August 2018)
The Accommodation Association strongly supports the Australian Government making it unlawful for online travel agencies to impose price-parity clauses on tourism accommodation businesses in Australia, and the introduction of measures which ensure that large, offshore-based online travel agencies pay their fair share of taxation in Australia. The Accommodation Association of Australia opposes any legislative change whereby the burden of additional tax is passed back to bricks-and-mortar accommodation businesses which are located in Australia.

Next Generation of Employment Services - Submission of the Accommodation Association of Australia (August 2018)
Future growth of the accommodation industry is in doubt if labour shortages in the industry cannot be addressed. Wage subsidies remain an attractive method of encouraging employers in the accommodation industry to hire people who are unemployed. 

Legislative Council Select Committee inquiry into short-stay accommodation in Tasmania – Submission of Accommodation Association of Australia (August 2018)
The number one priority when considering the regulation of tourism accommodation/short-term letting in Tasmania must be the safety and security of guests (consumers). Any building in which short-term letting is conducted must meet requirements under Class 3 of the Building Code of Australia.

Development of a new national long-term tourism strategy (April 2018)
To assist with improving aviation access, the accommodation industry supports Australia’s new national long-term tourism strategy containing targets to grow the number of flights and the number of seats on flights.

2017

2018/2019 Pre Budget Submission (December 2017)
The Accommodation Association's submission relating to the 2018/2019 Federal Budget.

Inquiry into impacts on local businesses in Australia from global internet-based competition (December 2017)
Australia’s accommodation industry is the subject of significant disruption from online businesses, the majority of which have their headquarters overseas. • Operators of accommodation businesses are being forced to swallow constant increases in commissions imposed on them by Expedia and Priceline.

Short-term holiday letting in NSW - Submission of Accommodation Association of Australia (October 2017)
The Accommodation Association noted the recommendations in the final report of the NSW Parliament Legislative Assembly Committee on Environment and Planning inquiry into the adequacy of the regulation of short-term holiday letting in NSW, and has provided its views.
 

Inquiry into opportunities and methods for stimulating the tourism industry in northern Australia - Submission of Accommodation Association of Australia (October 2017)
The Accommodation Association of Australia is pleased to provide the following submission to be considered as part of the inquiry into opportunities and methods for stimulating the tourism industry in northern Australia, which is being conducted by Parliament's Joint Standing Committee on Northern Australia. 

Working Holiday Maker Visa Review - Submission of Accommodation Association of Australia (September 2017)
The Association is pleased to provide the following submission to be considered as part of the fresh review of issues affecting the supply and remuneration conditions of labour performed by visa holders in the working holiday maker category. The focus of the Association's submission is the so called "backpacker tax".

2016

 

Draft State Planning Provisions (Tasmania) - Submission of Accommodation Association of Australia (May 2016)
The Association is pleased to provide the following submission to be considered as part of the consultation process on Tasmania's Draft State Planning Provisions. 

2015

 

Inquiry into the adequacy of the regulation of short-term letting in New South Wales - November 2015
The Accommodation Association of Australia is pleased to provide the following submission to be considered as part of the NSW Legislative Assembly Committee on Environment and Planning inquiry into the adequacy of the regulation of short-term holiday letting in NSW. 

The feasibility of, and options for, creating a national long service standard, and the portability of long service and other entitlements - December 2015
The introduction of any portability scheme for employee benefit entitlements is, effectively, another payroll tax on employers, which have a negative cash flow effect on businesses. 

ACCC Consultation: Online Accommodation Booking Sector - September 2015
The Accommodation Association of Australia makes this submission on behalf of its members, in response to the ACCC's request for information about the online accommodation booking sector in Australia. 

"Sharing the Future" Federal Opposition Discussion Paper - June 2015
Accommodation Association of Australia Submission in response to the release by the Federal Opposition of a discussion paper, "Sharing the Future". The Association has lodged this submission on the basis that the Opposition should take into account policy positions that the submission outlines when developing policies for the next Federal Election.  

Review of the Disability (Access to Premises – Buildings) Standards 2010
Accommodation Association of Australia submission on behalf of the Australian Building Code Working Group.

Future Directions for Australia’s Tax System - June 2015
Accommodation Association of Australia submission as part of the development of a new Tax White Paper by The Treasury on behalf of the Australian Government.

Inquiry Into Corporate Tax Avoidance - May 2015
Senate Economics References Committee Inquiry into Corporate Tax Avoidance – Submission of Accommodation Association of Australia.

Annual Wage Review 2015
After taking into account that the national wage has exceeded CPI by 1.2% over the last three years,the Panel should give special consideration to there being no increase to the national minimum wage awarded this year.

Workplace Relations Inquiry Productivity Commission (March 2015)
The economic data indicates that Australia’s labour productivity requires improvement. While a range of factors can influence labour productivity, the degree of workplace relations regulation can be influential at the workplace level.

Productivity Commission Inquiry into Business Set-up, Transfer and Closure (February 2015)
The level of regulation in Australia’s accommodation industry must strike a balance between the safety of guests and the cost of administration and compliance.

Objection to Floating Hotel - NT - February 2015 
The proposal to locate an accommodation barge described as being built to “Australian hotel standards” by the applicant is of concern to our members who operate compliant accommodation properties in Darwin.

Simplification of the skilled migration and temporary activity visa programmes – January, 2015
The tourism and hospitality sector welcomed the Review of the Skilled Migration and 400 Series visa programmes back in September 2014, presenting a joint submission on behalf of Restaurant & Catering Australia (R&CA), the Accommodation Association of Australia (AAoA), the Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC), and the National Tourism Alliance (NTA).