Goods ordered online from overseas aren't subject to GST if the total order value is less than $1,000. That rule could change depending on the outcome of a newly-announced Productivity Commission investigation into retailing in Australia.
Large Australian retailers have complained that offshore shopping is depriving them of business, and that they can't compete with GST-free offerings. On the other hand, as Nick over at Gizmodo pointed out recently, retailers like Harvey Norman aren't even trying to compete by selling online, which makes their protests sound hollow. And assistant treasurer Bill Shorten notes that online sales account for less than 1.5% of the total Australian retail market, so it's hard to see the threshold as a business destroyer in and of itself. Nonetheless, we'll be keeping a close eye on the outcome.
Government launches online shopping enquiry [ABC News]