We are in a housing crisis. Every home that becomes available matters. That’s why we’re looking at ways to encourage property owners to move into the long-term rental market.

Melbourne has one of the biggest short-term rental markets in the country, with more than 4100 residential properties, or 14 per cent, currently being used for short stays in the City of Melbourne.

This means fewer homes available for people wanting to live in Melbourne.

Council has undertaken a consultation process to develop a policy to free up the excess of short-term rentals, providing much needed homes in our city.

This consultation process explored new policy options for the short-term rental accommodation sector, including a registration system and cap on the number of days they can be rented each year.

The Victorian Government subsequently announced a proposed short-stay accommodation levy which will commence from 1 January 2025.

Consideration of the policy options has been paused pending further details of the proposed state levy.

As Australia’s fastest growing city, we are considering all options that will deliver more housing.

Stay updated on the Short-Term Rental Accommodation Policy project by following this page.

If you'd like to provide feedback via email, you can reach us at shorttermrentals@melbourne.vic.gov.au.



  • Timeline item 1 - complete

    Community consultation to inform Local Law 

    7 September to 29 September 2023

  • Timeline item 2 - active

    Consideration paused due to Victorian Government announcement of short-stay levy

    September to present

  • Timeline item 3 - incomplete

    Decision on progressing a new local law

    June to December 2024

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