Tariff concession rationalisation and simplification

29 Apr 2010

On 19 March 2010, the Rudd Government announced that it would rationalise the current tariff concession regime as part of the Government’s better regulation and micro-economic reform agenda.

To implement the tariff concession rationalisation a Better Regulation Ministerial Partnership has been established between the Minister for Finance and Deregulation, the Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, and the Minister for Home Affairs.

The partnership is reviewing Schedule 4 of the Customs Tariff Act 1995, which provides tariff concessions for a range of imported goods under different circumstances.  As outlined in the consultation scoping paper below the review is focussed on removing unnecessary complexity from the existing schedule by simplifying existing arrangements and removing obsolete items.  The review will not examine new concessions or expand the scope of existing concessions.

The expected steps involved with the public consultation process are:

    1.    Scoping Consultation:  Identify improvements that can be made in the short term and identify areas for more detailed review
    2.    Further Studies:  Review areas identified for further study and construct a new model for the Schedule
    3.    Consultation on Proposed Model:  Circulate model to stakeholders for comment
    4.    Consultation on Implementation:  Consult with stakeholders on implementation.

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