Creating jobs and easing cost of living pressures

The Hodgman Liberal Government is building Tasmania’s future with a Plan that prioritises jobs, stimulates the economy, eases cost of living pressures and is seeing investment in areas that are important to Tasmanians like health and education.

From July 1 the Tasmanian Government is making changes to the rules surrounding short-stay accommodation (such as AirBnB and Stayz) to provide certainty, consistency, reduce red tape and support consumer choice.

Under the new streamlined rules, if you are sharing your own home (up to 4 bedrooms) the reforms eliminate the current need for a planning permit – no forms to fill out and no fees to pay irrespective of where you live. This reform is not confined to cities.

If you have more than 4 bedrooms or are offering a shack or investment property up to the 300m2 in a residential zone, there will be a new one step permit application with a capped fee of $250 which will include a self-assessment declaring that your property meets the minimum safety standards.

Any current legally existing operators in any part of Tasmania are completely unaffected and may in fact be advantaged under our reforms.

These new rules are in response to the changes to our accommodation sector brought about by the sharing economy and they are fair for all Tasmanians no matter where they live.

In February, National manager for Airbnb, Sam McDonagh, described the new regulations as, `` fair and progressive… and really world class.’’

Also from July 1:

The Tasmanian Government has capped electricity prices for families and small businesses to 2 per cent for the next 12 months. This represents an average saving of about $300 a year.

For the 1 per cent of medium to large customers in the unregulated electricity market, the State Budget contains an additional $20 million in relief. This package is currently being modelled in consultation with the impacted customers and will be backdated to earlier in the year to coincide with the spike in the national energy price.

Hydro Tasmania has also announced that it will be reducing bills for these contracted customers by about 20 per cent.

Our payroll relief package begins for companies employing new young trainees and apprentices, as does the $4000 incentive package for other businesses not covered by the payroll tax relief.

The First Home Builders Grant continues at $20,000 in addition to new stamp duty relief – all designed to stimulate the building industry and create jobs.

The new simpler, faster and fairer State-wide Planning Scheme begins, the NDIS will be extended to children between 4 and 11 years old and the Mersey Community Hospital will return to State hands with a record $730.4 million funding package.

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