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Conference to reveal Airbnb’s impact on Australian housing

New AHURI research findings to be presented in Hobart

16 October 2018

Panel members have been announced for a key session at the upcoming AHURI national one-day conference ‘Disrupting the housing market’.

Dr Laura Crommelin, lead researcher on a new AHURI research report into Airbnb, will facilitate a panel dissecting how housing markets in major cities Melbourne and Sydney and smaller tourist destinations, such as Hobart and Byron Bay, are really responding to Airbnb.

The new AHURI research mapped Airbnb listing data from Sydney and Melbourne, interviewed Airbnb hosts, and reviewed international regulatory responses to short-term letting platforms to provide insights into the extent to which Airbnb is contributing to housing affordability issues in Sydney and Melbourne, and highlight the most effective responses available to regulators.

The expert panel will consider how governments might regulate the Airbnb market, or indeed if they even should regulate it. The panel includes:

  • Prof Richard Eccleston is the founding Director of the Institute for the Study of Social Change at the University of Tasmania. He is the lead author of a report, A Blueprint for Improving Housing Outcomes in Tasmania, which proposes reform, including regulatory, taxation and government spending reform. In particular, it proposes a policy to harness the benefits of Airbnb in Tasmania, while protecting the housing market.
  • Laura Schmahmann is a planner with experience advising clients on innovation precincts and economic development policy, strategic housing and employment studies and integrated transport and land use policy. Laura recently co-authored a report analysing the impact of Airbnb on the housing markets in Sydney and Melbourne. This was the first study in Australia to use official Airbnb data.
  • Pattie Chugg is the Executive Office for Shelter Tasmania, the peak body for housing and homelessness in Tasmania. As a representative of the National Shelter network, Pattie is committed to working towards a fairer and just housing system and improving the rights of tenants and people experiencing homelessness.

This challenging and informative conference session aims to enable a significant cross-sectoral conversation about how Australia and its housing market manages these new disruptive enterprises. The technologies are not going to go away: Airbnb alone was worth nearly one billion dollars in 2017–18 in Australia. Everyone working in housing, whether in government or as a for-profit or not-for-profit provider, needs to be part of this transformative conversation.

... AHURI research mapped Airbnb listing data from Sydney and Melbourne, interviewed Airbnb hosts, and reviewed international regulatory responses to short-term letting platforms ...

The conference is being held in Hobart on 4 December. Visit the event page for more information and to register.