The Traveller Accommodation Providers (Liability) Act 2001 (the Act) changes the common law about innkeeper's liability. At common law, operators of establishments that provide accommodation for travelling purposes are made strictly liable for the property of guests under the innkeeper's doctrine. This Act mitigates the harshness of the common law doctrine, through limiting strict liability to $250 per room or $50,000 if safe custody facilities are made available.
In order to receive protection, accommodation providers must display a notice (schedule 1 of the Act) in the reception area or main entrance. Additionally, the notice must be displayed in the accommodation unit or drawn to the guest's attention in some other way, for example, a compendium in the room. With the latter, the Act requires that the accommodation provider draw the guest's attention to the information at the time of check-in.