Payday Super (November 2023)
In the 2023/24 budget, the Government announced it will legislate for employers to pay their employee Superannuation Guarantee (SG) contributions at the same time that they pay salary and wages and amend SG compliance framework, including amending the calculation of the SG charge and adding new penalties.
Comments on the Principles and Standards of Assessing Authorities of Skilled Migrants (October 2023)
The migration program is critically important to the accommodation sector, and the hotels industry more broadly. Skills assessment is a compulsory requirement for employers in sponsoring many of the occupations important to our industry. Over the years, members have reported their frustration with the lengthy delays in finalising assessments, particularly those arranged overseas, as well as the cost.
Closing Loopholes Bill (September 2023)
The new meaning of casual employment within proposed Section 15A is a fundamental shift away from the valid and legitimate participation of casual works in our workforce. As drafted, Section 15A unfortunately ignores the fact many casual employees prefer a regular pattern of work, want to retain flexibility to reject shifts, and want to be paid casual wage loadings.
Submission to Senate Select Committee Inquiry Into Bilateral Air Service Agreements (September 2023)
The accommodation sector is at the core of the visitor economy, employing over 110,000 Australians. Like other sectors connected with tourism, accommodation businesses have suffered through a difficult three years and have not yet fully recovered the ground lost during the pandemic. In particular, the sector is still being negatively impacted by the fact that international tourism has not yet fully returned to pre-pandemic levels. As this submission makes clear, improved aviation access from international visitor source countries to Australia is of critical importance to the accommodation sector. Decisions taken through the Bilateral Agreement process need to balance the needs of aviation as well as the tourism industry and travellers in order to achieve a sustainable competitive market.
AA Inquiry Into Australia's Tourism & International Education Sectors (September 2023)
The accommodation sector is at the core of the visitor economy, employing over 110,000 Australians, down from pre-COVID level of around 127,000. Economic value-add to tourism of the accommodation sector at $4.5 billion in 2021-22 is also showing some recovery but still considerably short of the $6.2 billion in 2018-19.
There should be NO Bed Tax in Victoria (August 2023)
Under a banner of addressing the supply of long-term rental accommodation, a bed tax is being considered by the Victorian Government. A ‘bed tax,’ or ‘tourism tax,’ is a government-imposed levy, added to the cost of short-term stays in both traditional regulated commercial and unregulated accommodation. There are important reasons why this proposed tax should not be implemented.
Jobs & Skills Workplan Development (August 2023)
Thank you for the opportunity for Accommodation Australia (AA) to comment on the proposed annual work plan process for Jobs & Skills Australia (JSA). Overall, the proposed process looks comprehensive and appropriate to the important task given to JSA. Our reflections on what is proposed are outlined below for your consideration.
Online Bookings Restrictions on Tourism & Accommodation Providers Setting Prices (January 2023)
The Accommodation Association (AAoA) and Tourism Accommodation Australia (TAA) are pleased to provide the following submission to The Treasury and Australian Trade and Investment Commission’s consultation process into Online bookings – restrictions on tourism and accommodation providers setting prices. This submission reflects the views of our smaller and independent accommodation providers and has been created by the Associations to provide our views on the specific issues around ensuring smaller and independent accommodation providers can set their own prices.
2023-24 Pre-Budget Submission (January 2023)
Tourism Accommodation Australia (TAA) and the Accommodation Association of Australia (AAoA) welcomes the opportunity to make a pre-budget submission for 2023 - 2024.
2022 - 23 Pre-Budget Submission
Tourism Accommodation Australia (TAA) and the Accommodation Association welcomes the opportunity to make a pre-budget submission for 2022 - 2023.
TAA and the Accommodation Association recognises the importance of working with Government departments and stakeholders and we have a demonstrated history of achievement in working with Federal, State and Local Government, law enforcement agencies, educators, universities, and other organisations, never more so than over the last 24 months.
Prior to COVID-19, tourism had been identified as the super-growth sector of Australia’s transitioning economy, with a total tourist consumption of $143 billion, which saw $57.3 billion in GDP contributed to the economy (comprising 3.1% of the national total), and employment of 646,000 persons (5.2% of the Australian workforce).1 Confidence and investment had supported the recent strong performance of the sector which has outpaced national growth rate for the last three years.
Joint Submission into Regulated Sewerage
On behalf of the Australian Hotels Association (ACT Branch) and the Accommodation Association, and representing the interests of over 70 accommodation providers in the ACT, we make this joint submission to the Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission’s price investigation into prices of the fixed sewerage charges price from 2023-2028.
QLD Visitor Levy Opposition Letter
The Australian accommodation industry is facing its greatest ever challenge as our members slowly recover from the pandemic. This is especially the case with Queensland’s accommodation businesses who have been heavily impacted by the lack of available workforce which contains to drastically curtail operations. This is not a situation which is going to improve any time soon unfortunately.
Reimagining the Visitor Economy - June 2021
In the 2019 year, the visitor economy was one of the largest and fastest growing sectors in the world, contributing over ten per cent to the global economy and accounting for one in ten jobs. In Australia, the visitor economy was a $152 billion sector ($126 billion in overnight visitor expenditure in 2019), provided direct and indirect jobs to one in thirteen Australians, involved one-in-eight Australian businesses and is Australia’s number one services export. It plays an important role in the economic development of regional Australia, with 44 cents in every visitor dollar spent in regions
This submission will explore the policy settings and investment that the Association and its members believe will be vital to ensure the resilience of the visitor economy post COVID, facilitating adaptation, innovation and transformation
ACCI and the Accommodation Association 4 stage plan for Domestic Travel - May 2021
The objective for managing COVID-19 in 2021 is to achieve a balance of positive health and economic outcomes. Governments have a duty to minimise both the direct virus health impacts, as well as the economic and social impacts of response measures
This document is part one of a two-part series on ‘Reopening Australia’. Part 1 focuses on domestic reopening and living with COVID-19
ACCI and the Accommodation Association 4 stage plan for International Travel - April 2021
The Accommodation Association supports the ACCI four stage plan for International Travel Reopening following table summarises the proposed plan to restart international travel in four stages. The plan overlays the three dimensions of risk: vaccinated or not, the country that the traveller is coming from or going to, and where Australia’s vaccination program is up to. All travel would include a suitable testing regime appropriate to the risk.
Addressing critical labour & skills shortages in the Accommodation sector - April 2021
This submission outlines the critical skills shortages currently being faced by the tourism accommodation sector. The sector has been significantly impacted by the pandemic, losing 50% of its workforce at the commencement, with further reductions due to the prolonged nature of the pandemic. As we emerge from the pandemic with international borders closed, the industry is seeking to meet the fluctuations in demand, with employment a direct function of rooms sold. Housekeeping and chefs have been identified as two areas of critical shortage.
Submission and Letter to: Inquiry into the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the tourism and events sector (VIC) - April 2021
The Accommodation Association makes this submission to the Standing Committee on Economy and Infrastructure’ Inquiry into the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the tourism and events. The impact of COVID-19 on the Victorian Tourism Accommodation Sector saw losses in room revenue alone, top $1.7 billion as of year ending February 2021 according to modelling conducted by AHS Advisory. COVID-19 is now the single largest peacetime economic contraction for our Sector which has resulted in significant job losses across the accommodation sector. While many other sectors have rebounded quickly, the modelling undertaken by AHS Advisory demonstrates that the path to recovery for the tourism accommodation sector will take at least four years.
Members of the Accommodation Association wrote an open letter the Prime Minister, Premiers and Chief Ministers - July 2020
We write as the leaders of Australia’s tourism accommodation sector which has been devastated by COVID-19. As an industry prior to COVID-19 we directly contributed more than half of $47.5 billion tourism GDP and directly employed more than 113,000 Australians. While we have done everything, we can to limit the impact on our teams, our overall workforce has been reduced by close to half to 56,000 and further reduction may need to occur if JobKeeper and the Rental Mandatory Code of Conduct is not extended until March 2021
Submission to the Federal Government to extended JobKeeper for Australia’s accommodation sector - June 2020
JobKeeper must be extended to at least March 2021 in order to keep jobs and businesses alive in Australia’s accommodation sector, a critical part of the Australian tourism industry
Tourism Industry Joint Correspondence to Treasury's Coronavirus Business Liaison Unit - March 2020
A joint submission from the CEOs of the Accommodation Association, the Australian Federation of Travel Agents, Cruise Lines International Association Australasia, the Restaurant and Catering Association, the Business Events Council of Australia and the Tourism & Transport Forum.
Our industries have collectively experienced the economic double impact of bushfires and now the far greater impact of Covid19. Our sectors are beyond pain, we are facing extinction. Current economic modelling shows that over the course of 2020 we will likely see over 300,000 job losses in tourism, or almost half the sector.
For example, within the accommodation sector, hotels are facing occupancies of 10% or less across the country and will have no other recourse but to close their doors. And in the business events sector, every event from February 2020 through to November 2020 has been cancelled and revenues are already at zero. The harsh reality is that there is no longer any demand and therefore no work for most of our industry
Submission to Federal Government COVID19 support packages - March 2020
The devastated Australian tourism industry is now facing massive job losses and a very bleak future without significant government support to retain as many workers as possible. The sector's peak bodies have today called on the Federal Government to urgently introduce a raft of measures to urgently assist the failing visitor economy industries which are reeling from the combined impacts of the bushfires and the Covid19 pandemic
Submission to the NSW Pre-Budget Submission 2020/21 - March 2020
With the tourism industry going through a period of unprecedented crisis, the tourism accommodation sector is currently preparing short and long-term contingency measures and undertaking scenario planning in an effort to sustain business operations. During this period the government has a role to play, both in reducing immediate regulatory burdens to support growth and working with industry to both sustain growth and ensure resilience post the crisis
Submission to the Queensland Government on Short Term Letting - January 2020
The Accommodation Association is pleased to provide the following submission to the Queensland Government’s Short-Term Resident Accommodation Industry Reference Group.
Submission to the Federal Government Pre Budget 2020/21- January 2020
The Accommodation Association is pleased to provide the following submission to the Federal Government on the need to increase investment into the tourism industry in the next budget.
Inquiry into the adequacy of the regulation of short-term letting in New South Wales - November 2015
The Accommodation Association of Australia is pleased to provide the following submission to be considered as part of the NSW Legislative Assembly Committee on Environment and Planning inquiry into the adequacy of the regulation of short-term holiday letting in NSW.
The feasibility of, and options for, creating a national long service standard, and the portability of long service and other entitlements - December 2015
The introduction of any portability scheme for employee benefit entitlements is, effectively, another payroll tax on employers, which have a negative cash flow effect on businesses.
ACCC Consultation: Online Accommodation Booking Sector - September 2015
The Accommodation Association of Australia makes this submission on behalf of its members, in response to the ACCC's request for information about the online accommodation booking sector in Australia.
"Sharing the Future" Federal Opposition Discussion Paper - June 2015
Accommodation Association of Australia Submission in response to the release by the Federal Opposition of a discussion paper, "Sharing the Future". The Association has lodged this submission on the basis that the Opposition should take into account policy positions that the submission outlines when developing policies for the next Federal Election.
Review of the Disability (Access to Premises – Buildings) Standards 2010
Accommodation Association of Australia submission on behalf of the Australian Building Code Working Group.
Future Directions for Australia’s Tax System - June 2015
Accommodation Association of Australia submission as part of the development of a new Tax White Paper by The Treasury on behalf of the Australian Government.
Inquiry Into Corporate Tax Avoidance - May 2015
Senate Economics References Committee Inquiry into Corporate Tax Avoidance – Submission of Accommodation Association of Australia.
Annual Wage Review 2015
After taking into account that the national wage has exceeded CPI by 1.2% over the last three years,the Panel should give special consideration to there being no increase to the national minimum wage awarded this year.
Workplace Relations Inquiry Productivity Commission (March 2015)
The economic data indicates that Australia’s labour productivity requires improvement. While a range of factors can influence labour productivity, the degree of workplace relations regulation can be influential at the workplace level.
Productivity Commission Inquiry into Business Set-up, Transfer and Closure (February 2015)
The level of regulation in Australia’s accommodation industry must strike a balance between the safety of guests and the cost of administration and compliance.
Objection to Floating Hotel - NT - February 2015
The proposal to locate an accommodation barge described as being built to “Australian hotel standards” by the applicant is of concern to our members who operate compliant accommodation properties in Darwin.
Simplification of the skilled migration and temporary activity visa programmes – January, 2015
The tourism and hospitality sector welcomed the Review of the Skilled Migration and 400 Series visa programmes back in September 2014, presenting a joint submission on behalf of Restaurant & Catering Australia (R&CA), the Accommodation Association of Australia (AAoA), the Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC), and the National Tourism Alliance (NTA).