Australia Housing and planning

LGiU Australia and MAV forum for local government leaders on Short-Term Rental Accommodation


While holiday homes and short-term rental accommodation (STRA) have always been a part of the tourism experience, the proliferation of online booking and COVID-driven migration from the cities has radically altered local housing markets and impacts the amenity of communities. Many areas now have extremely low rental vacancies, and house prices are beyond the reach of many Australians including key workers in vital service industries. This presents a challenge for councils, particularly those on the tourist trail and in popular sea-change or tree-change destinations.

MAV and LGiU Australia have partnered to deliver a forum for local government Councillors, officers and senior management on how the proliferation of short-term rental accommodation is impacting local housing availability and what levers councils have to respond.

This free Q&A event is on Tuesday 4 October 2022 from 12:00pm – 2:00pm AEDT. Please register here



Peter Phibbs, Professor Emeritus at the University of Sydney and Sandra Hogue, Manager Urban Futures at the City of Hobart on research into STRA’s impacts in Hobart and the planning and policy levers the city is pulling to address a critical housing shortage

Shannon Burt, Director Sustainable Environment & Economy at Byron Shire Council on the political and planning challenges her council has faced when managing the spread and impacts of STRA in their communities, challenges exacerbated by recent floods

Ellen Witte, Principal and Partner at SGS will present and moderate a discussion for councils to ask questions, share experiences and test potential ways forward for our sector