Women hosts dominated Airbnb listings in the Sunny Coast
Women hosts dominated Airbnb listings in the Sunny Coast

Women rule the roost on Airbnb

IT TRULY is a women's world in the sharing economy with new data showing that the majority of Airbnb hosts across Australia are women.

According to data provided to realestate.com.au from Airbnb, 64 per cent of Australia's hosts on the platform are women.

That means that there are about 60,000 women across Australia making extra cash by listing a room or a property through the app.

On average the typical woman host on the platform made $5400 last year through the platform.

Airbnb's head of public policy in Australia and New Zealand Brent Thomas said women were the big winners from the booming popularity of the app.

"While hosting on Airbnb is not a panacea or cure-all, it is making a difference in empowering women," he said.

"As the data shows, hosting with Airbnb is providing Australian women greater economic security and independence."

The Sunshine Coast in Queensland and Byron Bay in northern New South Wales had the highest proportion of women hosts at 73 per cent.

In Brisbane 63 per cent of hosts were women, and in Melbourne it was 60 per cent.

Sydney had one of the lower proportions of women hosts at 59 per cent.