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The Essential Guide to the Laws and Regulations for Airbnbs in Australia

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Please note that while we can provide some general information about the legal requirements for setting up an Airbnb in Australia, it’s crucial to consult with local authorities or seek professional advice for specific and up-to-date regulations in each state. Airbnb and short term rental accommodation (STRA) regulations can change, and it’s important to comply with the most recent guidelines. Here’s a brief overview of the legal requirements for setting up an Airbnb in each Australian state.

  • New South Wales (NSW): You must register your property as a short-term rental accommodation with the NSW Government. The property must meet specific health, safety, and amenity standards. Fire safety requirements, including smoke alarms, fire extinguishers and evacuation diagrams must be in place (NSW Fire Safety STRA Compliance PDF). You must have appropriate insurance coverage, including public liability insurance. You may need to comply with specific planning and development regulations depending on your property’s zoning (See Code of Contact for Short Term Rental Accommodation Industry and Airbnb NSW Requirements).
  • Victoria (VIC): You need to register your property as a short-stay accommodation with the local council. There are specific regulations regarding building safety, health, and amenity standards. You must have adequate insurance coverage, including public liability insurance. Planning regulations may apply, and some properties may require a planning permit. (For comprehensive information on Airbnb and STRA requirements in VIC, visit the Complete guide for VIC by Holihome)
  • Queensland (QLD): You must check local planning laws with your local council for your short-term accommodation in QLD. Your property must meet certain safety and amenity standards. Fire safety requirements must be met, including the installation of smoke alarms. Public liability insurance is typically required. Some local councils may have additional regulations and requirements.
  • Western Australia (WA): Short-stay accommodation providers are required to register with the Western Australian Government. There are specific safety, health, and amenity standards that need to be met. Fire safety requirements, including smoke alarms and fire extinguishers, must be in place. Public liability insurance is generally required. Some local councils may have additional regulations, so it’s important to check with the respective council. (Please visit the WA Government Website for more information)
  • South Australia (SA): In South Australia, short-term accommodation providers are required to be registered with the South Australian Tourism Commission. Certain safety, health, and amenity standards must be met. Fire safety requirements, including smoke alarms, may apply. Public liability insurance is typically required.
  • Tasmania (TAS): There is currently no specific legislation regulating short-term accommodation in Tasmania. However, it’s advisable to check with the local council for any specific requirements or regulations that may apply.
  • Australian Capital Territory (ACT): You need to register your property as a short-term accommodation provider with Access Canberra. Specific safety, health, and amenity standards must be met. Fire safety requirements, including smoke alarms, must be in place. Public liability insurance is generally required.
  • Northern Territory (NT): The Northern Territory does not have specific regulations for short-term accommodation at the state level. However, you should consult with the local council or relevant authorities for any local requirements or regulations that may apply. 

Remember, this is just a general overview, and regulations may vary and change over time. It’s important to conduct thorough research and consult with local authorities or seek professional advice to ensure compliance with the current legal requirements in each state.

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