Posted November 09, 2018 06:24:40 Australia is to launch sales tax on e-shopping and e-catering at airports, as part of a drive to reduce airport congestion and improve safety.
Key points:Airports will start charging e-fares and fees for e-books and mobile apps in April 2020Airports already have an online shopping tax in place.
The Australian Taxation Office says e-banking and ecommerce are key parts of its e-transport strategyThe changes come as e-businesses struggle to attract customersAirports across the country will begin charging e_fares, e_bills and e_mobile charges for e‐books and e‐apps on April 1, 2020.
Airport operator Airports Victoria said the move was part of its “eCommerce Australia” strategy, which includes e-gifting, e-tax payments, ecommerce, e‑trade and etravel.
“We are confident this move will support the growing e-mobile industry,” said Airports Australia chief executive Tim Stellmacher.
“While the introduction of e-services is welcome, we are also seeing an increase in e-book sales and an increase from e-travel, and we expect to see an increase to e-trade sales as well.”
Airports are the major online shopping destination in Australia and the most convenient shopping destination for our customers, and this new tax will help ensure we have a seamless shopping experience at every airport.
“Mr Stellmpacher said the tax would not affect air passengers on short-haul flights, and that customers would be able to book and pay for their purchases on an online system.”
Customers can now book a hotel reservation and pay directly from the booking screen,” he said.”
When booking your room on our booking platform, we will make it easy for you to book your room online and pay when you arrive.
“In addition, you can also book flights to Australia and book them to your home country directly on our e-flight booking platform.”
This will allow you to travel without having to go through the hassle of a travel agent.
“For those travelling short-distance, the tax will also benefit businesses and individuals who want to book flights directly to Australia.”
The tax will not impact e-air travel, and will only affect purchases made on Airports SA.
“He said the change was part the “e-commerce Australia” initiative, which was launched in 2017.”
As the e-consumer market continues to expand, our aim is to enable consumers to access and utilise e-tickets and e‑book purchases through the internet as they can at any time,” he added.”
There are a number of reasons why the Government believes this tax is beneficial to consumers, businesses and airports, and our Government’s aim is that the change is implemented as quickly as possible.
“Customers travelling to Australia through an airport’s e-ticketing system can book flights from overseas using their e-passport, or by entering a ticket number.”
Australians travel to many places in the world and Australia is a global market,” Mr Stellamp says.”
Our airport passengers spend an average of $3.4 billion each year in international travel and it’s estimated this is a market worth $40 billion.
“Through our eCommerce Australia initiative, we want to see the Australian economy thrive and ensure we can continue to attract international passengers and spend our hard-earned money overseas.”
It’s about encouraging business travellers to choose Australia and our airport system as the preferred destination.