DUTY FREE Essentials
The duty on cameras has been replaced by the GST (10%)
GST can be claimed back if purchased within 30 days of travelling
Must show tax invoice at customs
-Must take goods with you thru customs
Minumim purchase $300 (incl GST) on the one tax invoice
Read on to see how you may be able to claim back, under the Tourist Refund Scheme, the 10% import duty paid on cameras etc
The import duty on cameras has been replaced with a 10% GST on most imports. You can claim a refund on goods costing $300 (GST inclusive) or more, bought from the same store, no more than 30 days before you leave the country. You may purchase several lower-priced items from the one store, either at the one time or over several occasions within the 30-day period, provided the total purchase amounts to $300 (GST inclusive) or more and the goods are covered by the one tax invoice. You may buy goods from several stores, provided each store’s tax invoice totals at least $300 (GST inclusive).
You will not receive a refund unless Customs is able to verify that you are taking the goods with you. The goods must be taken on board the aircraft or ship on which you are travelling. You therefore need to include the goods in your hand luggage or wear them onto the aircraft or ship.
You may elect to have your refund paid by:cheque
credit to an Australian bank account; or
payment to a credit card.
Customs will aim to pay your refund within 30 days.
What do I have to do when I buy the goods?
If you wish to claim a refund, you must get a tax invoice from the store where you buy the goods. All stores will be able to give you a tax invoice. A refund cannot be given without it. The tax invoice provides evidence of the date and price of the purchase, the Australian Business Number (ABN) of the retailer and a description of the goods supplied.
How do I make a claim?
If you are leaving Australia by air, look for the TRS booth in the departures areas of international terminals at Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Cairns, Adelaide, Darwin and Coolangatta, after you have passed through passport control.
At the booth you will need to produce:your goods (to prove you are taking them out of the country)
the tax invoice from the retailer (to provide information for Customs officers)
your passport; and
your international boarding pass or other proof of travel.
If you are leaving Australia from a cruise liner terminal located at Circular Quay and Darling Harbour in Sydney, or terminals in Cairns, Darwin or Fremantle, or from Broome airport, you will need to present the same items to the Customs officer on duty, who will assist you to make your claim.
If you are leaving Australia from another port, contact Customs to find out if you can make a claim.
For further information, visit the Customs website.