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The failure to register prescribed accommodation is an offence under Section 67 of the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008.

Failure to register makes the proprietor liable to an infringement penalty notice or prosecution.

To register means to hold a current licence with us to legally operate a prescribed accommodation premise under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008.

The following table outlines the types of accommodation premises which are required to be registered with us:

Hotel

This definition covers hotels where the primary purpose is an accommodation facility and hotels more commonly known as pubs which also incorporate an accommodation component.

Motel

A common meaning being an accommodation facility similar to a hotel intended to provide short term accommodation for travellers.

Hostel

Any house, building or structure, whether temporary or permanent, which is used primarily for the accommodation of travellers. Examples include bed and breakfasts, youth hostels and backpackers.

Student dormitories

Any dormitory, student hostel, hall of residence or residential college for the accommodation of students which is controlled or operated under an agreement or affiliated with an educational provider.

Holiday camp

Any house, building or structure, whether temporary or permanent, which is used primarily for the accommodation of student groups, youth groups or family groups for holiday or recreational purposes.

Rooming house

A building in which there is one or more rooms available for occupancy on payment of rent in which the total number of people who may occupy those rooms is no less than four.

Residential accommodation

Any house building or other structure used as a place of abode where a person or persons can live on payment of consideration to the proprietor but does not include any of the above types of prescribed accommodation.

The following accommodation is exempt from the requirement to be registered with us:

  • A house under the exclusive occupation of the occupier;
  • Self contained flats under the exclusive occupation of the occupier;
  • Temporary crisis accommodation;
  • Health and residential services;
  • Nursing homes;
  • Retirement villages;
  • Any vessel tent or caravan; and
  • Premises in which, no more than five people who are not family members of the proprietor are accommodated, which is premises that is not a rooming house.

If you are unsure, please phone our environmental health team on (02) 6022 9300 and they will confirm your premises requirements.


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How to become a registered prescribed accommodation premises

Step one:

  • You must submit plans of the premise to be approved against the requirements of the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 and subsequent regulations; and¬†
  • The¬†application form must be¬†completed and submitted with all relevant supporting documents as outlined on the form.

Step two:

Cost

All fees are outlined on the relevant application forms. PLEASE NOTE: Fees are subject to change on July 1 each year.


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What are the standards and requirements that prescribed accommodation must comply with?

The Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2009 contain a set of standards and requirements that proprietors of prescribed accommodation must comply with.

This regulation can be found at legislation.vic.gov.au


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Publications

Consumer Affairs Victoria (CAV) have two comprehensive publications that can be obtained by contacting them directly on 1300 558 181.

These include:

  • Rooming Houses: A Guide For Residents Owners and Manager; and
  • Rooming Houses: An Operators' Guide.

Visit business.vic.gov.au for in-depth information on how to start a new business/obtain correct registrations.


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Cost

All fees are outlined in the Environmental Health fees and charges sheet
(fees change as of July 1 each year).


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Downloads

PDFApplication for registration of prescribed accommodation premises (PDF 91KB)

PDFSubmitting plans for prescribed accommodation premises (PDF 96KB)


Last updated: 11-07-2016

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