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Duty-free goods allowance

Goods brought into Australia may require the payment of Customs duty and sales tax*, however travellers are allowed to bring into Australia the following goods duty and sales tax* free when the goods accompany the passenger:

$A400 worth of goods not including alcohol or tobacco ($A200 for travellers under 18 years of age). For example, cameras, electronic equipment, perfume concentrate, leather goods, jewellery, watches, sporting goods, etc.;
1125 ml alcoholic liquor (including wine, beer or spirits) for travellers aged 18 years and over;
tobacco: 250 cigarettes, or 250 grams of cigars or tobacco products other than cigarettes, for travellers aged 18 years and over;
most personal items such as new clothing, footwear, articles for personal hygiene/ grooming;
personal goods owned and used for at least 12 months can also be brought into Australia without payment of duty and sales tax* (proof of date of purchase may be required); and
goods bought overseas, or bought duty/sales tax* free before leaving Australia, are included when determining a duty-free allowance.

Members of the same family who are travelling together may combine their individual duty-free allowances.

Note: Gifts (given to you or intended for others) are counted as part of the $A400 duty-free allowance.

If you have anything in excess of your duty-free goods allowance

Declare the goods and provide proof of purchase to Customs for calculation of any duty and sales tax* to be paid.

Customs will not collect combined duty and sales tax* of less than $A50 provided that excess goods are declared.

For information, contact your local Australian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate, or phone + 61 2 6275 6666.

Temporary import of goods

Commercial goods brought into Australia with the intention of being sold will be subject to the normal rates of duty and sales tax* where applicable.

Goods, commercial or personal, that are brought into Australia to remain temporarily, may be admitted duty and sales tax* free, subject to certain conditions.

Carnets may be obtained for temporary duty-free entry of goods such as commercial samples, jewellery, goods for international exhibitions, equipment for sporting events, professional television and film equipment etc. Contact your International Chamber of Commerce for application details.

Goods imported temporarily must meet Australian quarantine requirements.

For more information on importing goods, contact a Customs officer or an Australian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate overseas, or refer to the Customs brochure Customs Information for Importers available at Customs offices in Australia or at Australian diplomatic posts overseas.

Unaccompanied goods

Unaccompanied baggage does not receive the same duty/sales tax* concessions as goods you bring with you. These goods may be subject to duty/tax unless you have both owned and used them for 12 months or more. This also applies to articles posted to Australia.

For more information, refer to the Unaccompanied Effects brochure and Unaccompanied Effects statement available at all Customs offices and at Australian diplomatic posts overseas.

* Sales tax applied to the purchase of goods until 30 June 2000. It was replaced by a 10% tax on goods and services (GST) from 1 July 2000.

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Last modified: 04/05/04