Shelter WA has provided feedback on proposed new state planning provisions and a registration scheme for short-term rental accommodation (STRA).
Shelter WA supports the implementation of a registration scheme as a critical step for understanding and managing the impact of STRA on housing availability and affordability in Western Australia.
Growth of STRA poses a particular risk to housing for local communities in areas with strong tourist appeal, including in the Great Southern and South West regions. Shelter WA does not support the proposed planning exemptions for STRA, especially the proposal to exempt unhosted accommodation up to 60 days per year from the need for development approval. A thriving tourist sector requires a well-functioning housing system that can accommodate local workers and communities. Therefore, regulation of STRA must place housing availability and affordability at the centre.
Our feedback to the …