Australia Consults On Duty Refund Scheme

By Editorial 11 April, 2011

Draft regulation amendments released for public consultation should mean that tourists in Australia will find it easier to claim a refund on duty-free purchases and have more certainty about what can and cannot go into on-board luggage. This follows changes to the Tourist Refund Scheme and the Sealed Bag Scheme.

Assistant Treasurer and Minister for Financial Services and Superannuation, Bill Shorten, said the regulatory changes will increase the flexibility of off-airport duty free shopping under the Tourist Refund Scheme. The amendments will also ensure that administrative arrangements for the Sealed Bag Scheme are consistent with international security arrangements.

The amendments to the Scheme will extend the period that travellers can claim a refund on purchased goods from 30 days to 60 days. They will also allow travellers to aggregate multiple invoices from single retailers to meet the AUD300 threshold.

"These changes will increase the flexibility for travellers to make claims under the Tourist Refund Scheme," the Assistant Treasurer said.

Minister for Home Affairs, Brendan O'Connor, said the existing sealed bag scheme arrangements are a consequence of international security arrangements which have applied since March 31, 2007. Passengers have been required to pack liquids, aerosols, gels, creams and pastes of more than 100 millilitres into their check-in luggage if purchased from duty free stores prior to crossing the customs barrier.

"The government's draft regulation will ensure the rules for duty free shopping under the sealed bag scheme are consistent with international security arrangements," Mr O'Connor said.

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