Under the Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations, certain types of commercial accommodation (e.g. hotels, hostels, rooming houses) are considered ‘prescribed accommodation’. Prescribed accommodation providers are required to meet hygiene, maintenance and other standards and requirements intended to minimise public health risk that may arise from shared use of facilities, high turnover of occupants and/or overcrowding.

Regulations relating to prescribed accommodation will not be considered within this regulatory impact statement (Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2009). It is intended that separate new regulations relating to prescribed accommodation will be made in 2020.

In the interim, the operation of the prescribed accommodation regulations will be extended in their current form for 12 months to allow further time for review and consultation. It is intended that the extended prescribed accommodation provisions will be contained in the renamed 'Public Health and Wellbeing (Prescribed Accommodation) Regulations 2009' and will operate separately from the proposed Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2019.

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