Removal of sanitary items tax

Goods and services tax (GST) would be removed from menstruation sanitary items, under a private senator’s bill introduced in the Senate.

May 18, 2018

The GST was introduced almost 20 years ago when the Parliament passed A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Act 1999. Since then, sanitary items like tampons and pads have been subject to GST, but other health items like sunscreen have not.

Introducing the Treasury Laws Amendment (Axe the Tampon Tax) Bill 2018, Greens Senator Janet Rice said, ‘I am introducing this bill on behalf of every person who has signed a petition, attended a protest, written to their MP, or felt the financial burden of this unfair tax. This reform is long overdue.’