Advocacy

Advocacy


 

The Accommodation Association unites Australia's expanding accommodation sector with a single vision and a single voice. Our proactive approach to industry advocacy includes:

  • Representation on tourism boards & industry committees
  • Legislation updates
  • Government lobbying
  • Fair Work Australia submissions
     

Submissions to Government

2018

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 methords 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).
 


 

The Accommodation Association unites Australia's expanding accommodation sector with a single vision and a single voice. Our proactive approach to industry advocacy includes:

  • Representation on tourism boards & industry committees
  • Legislation updates
  • Government lobbying
  • Fair Work Australia submissions
     

Submissions to Government

2018

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 methords 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).