NSW government addresses $500m Uber economy

Elizabeth Barry 20 January 2016

The next step has been taken towards collaboration with the sharing economy

uber still cheaperThe NSW government has issued a position paper that addresses services like Uber operating in the "sharing economy", which contributed $504 million to NSW last year.

"Releasing this paper shows that the Government is committed to the collaborative economy," NSW Innovation and Better Regulation Minister Victor Dominello said. "We are living in the information age and it is vital that the government policies embrace new technologies and enable businesses to operate with certainty."

Dominello said the paper covered areas including innovation, regulation, consumer protection and safety.

Regulation would be "flexible and proportionate to identified risk," according to Dominello, and take a "digital-first approach".

Part of this regulatory approach includes consideration of the following principles:

  • Regulation should encourage the growth of commercial activity, not restrict it;
  • The opportunity should be taken to reduce the overall regulation across the visitor economy;
  • Self-regulation should be encouraged before government intervenes;
  • A cross-governmental approach is required to develop an efficient regulatory framework;
  • Regulatory responses should be designed based on strong empirical evidence.

The focus of the paper was primarily on transport and accommodation, with car sharing service Uber and accommodation provider Airbnb cited throughout. The paper notes Uber is worth an estimated $41 billion with one million Australian Uber users while there are 50,000 Airbnb renters in Australia.

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2 Responses to NSW government addresses $500m Uber economy

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    | January 20, 2016

    I am a Holder of A Victorian Taxi Licence Plate I pay the Government a license Fee every year. .Can you please tell me what do they do for me?

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      Elizabeth | January 22, 2016

      Hi Errolash,

      Thanks for your question.

      While NSW has legalised Uber, it remains illegal in Victoria. Recently, Victorian Minister for Transport Jacinta Allan said that Victoria would look very carefully at the NSW legislation and if it could work in Victoria, so there may be a legalisation and compensation structure put in place in future. However, currently, this is not in place.

      I hope this information has been of use.



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