NCC and short-term accommodation in apartment buildings

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The ABCB is seeking your feedback on the NCC and short-term accommodation in apartment buildings.

The traditional hotel room, with its mini-bar, room service and cable TV, is a long established part of travel in Australia and all over the world.

Yet, like so many other long established institutions, it is being disrupted by new technologies as part of the rapidly growing ‘sharing economy’, through platforms such as Stayz and Airbnb. These new platforms have opened up many other buildings, such as inner-city apartments, to be let for short term accommodation.

Whilst many people are benefitting from the sharing economy, concerns have been raised by some stakeholders that residential apartment buildings should not be used for short-term accommodation due to an occupant’s unfamiliarity with the building and, as a consequence, the potential for exposure to greater risk. In addition, some stakeholders have raised concerns regarding the impact on amenity for long-term residents.

Connect readers may recall an article the ABCB published in September last year, ‘What’s the deal with Airbnb and the NCC?’, which aimed to highlight the ABCB was undertaking a project in response to concerns from some stakeholders, and communicate when stakeholders could have their say on the issues.

Well the time has arrived for you to have your input, as the ABCB recently released a Discussion Paper, it’s titled – ‘The NCC and short-term accommodation in apartment buildings’.

Overview of the Discussion Paper

This Discussion Paper facilitates broad public consultation on the subject of the NCC and short-term accommodation in apartment buildings.

The Discussion Paper aims to:

  • outline the role of the NCC and associated building classifications;
  • explore concerns raised previously in relation to short-term accommodation;
  • discuss and seek feedback on the effectiveness of the voluntary Industry Code of Conduct;
  • consider other approaches, such as those being explored by the NSW Government;
  • explore options to address concerns that are within the remit of the ABCB and NCC;
  • present conclusions as to options considered to address concerns previously raised; and
  • provide opportunities for stakeholders to outline their views, provide evidence and feedback on the options presented and allow the suggestion of new options.

Responding to the Discussion Paper

To ensure you have your say, please complete the Stakeholder Response Form provided. Feedback on the discussion paper is invited until Sunday, 8 April 2018 and can be emailed to Please include the title 'Discussion paper: Short-term accommodation' in the subject line.

Next steps of the Project

Responses to the Discussion Paper will inform the next steps of the project. This will include the development of recommendations for any further work needed and any proposed changes required to the NCC.

All project recommendations will be presented to the Board of the ABCB for its consideration in mid-2018.

We encourage your input and look forward to your response!

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