From 1 July 2018, Australian goods and services tax (GST) will apply to sales of low value goods imported by consumers into Australia.
Businesses that meet the registration threshold of A$75,000 will need to:
register for GST
charge GST on sales of low value imported goods (unless they are GST-free)
lodge returns to the ATO.
These businesses may be merchants who sell goods, electronic distribution platform operators or re-deliverers. For goods imported in a consignment over A$1,000, any GST, customs duty and clearance charges will be charged to the importer at the border under existing processes.
This new law is designed so that businesses:
will not charge GST on a sale when GST will be charged at the border, because an item is
worth over A$1,000
a tobacco product, or
will not need to charge GST on a sale if it is clear that multiple goods will be shipped to Australia in one consignment worth over A$1,000 – GST will be charged at the border instead.