In joint media release No 2010/028, issued 18 December 2010, the Assistant Treasurer and Minister for Financial Services and Superannuation, Bill Shorten, the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Stephen Conroy, the Minister for Home Affairs and Justice, Brendan O'Connor, and the Minister for Small Business, Nick Sherry, announced an inquiry into the future of Australian retail by the Productivity Commission
The Assistant Treasurer announced the release of the Terms of Reference for the Productivity Commission inquiry, which will report to the Government and industry in 2011 on the implications of globalisation on the Australian retail sector. The sustainability and appropriateness of the current indirect tax arrangements in this environment will be considered as part of the inquiry.
The Minister for Home Affairs announced the Government will launch a compliance campaign to ensure GST and customs duty concession for imports with a value of $1,000 or less are not being abused or exploited. The campaign will start from the beginning of 2011.
The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy released the Access Economics Report "Household E-Commerce Activity and Trends in Australia". The report estimates that online retail sales by Australians in 2009 totalled between $19 and $24 billion, or around three per cent of sales. At least 50% and up to 80% of that amount was spent with Australian online retail outlets.