Been on a big overseas shopping trip? Have you needed to purchase another suitcase to fit it all in? Then you need to be aware that duty-free concessions in Australia are different to other countries.
Personal goods are free from duty and tax if they are:
* owned and used by you overseas for 12 months or more
* imported temporarily (a security may be required by Customs)
Most personal items such as new clothing, footwear, and articles for personal hygiene and grooming (excluding fur and perfume concentrates) may be brought into Australia in your accompanied baggage, free from duty and tax.
For other goods, limits apply. These include goods that are purchased overseas and goods that are purchased in Australia duty or tax free (that have been previously exported), or from an inwards duty free shop on arrival into Australia. Also included are goods for which a TRS claim has been made. Duty free concessions do not apply to commercial goods.
If you are aged 18 years or over, you can bring up to A$900 worth of general goods into Australia duty-free. If you are under 18 years of age there is a A$450 limit. General goods include gifts, souvenirs, cameras, electronic equipment, leather goods, perfume concentrates, jewellery, watches and sporting equipment.
If you are aged 18 years or over, you can bring 2.25 litres of alcohol duty-free into Australia with you. All alcohol in accompanied baggage is included in this category, regardless of where or how it was purchased. Aviation security regulations may restrict the volume of liquids that you can bring into Australia as hand luggage. As an alternative, duty-free alcoholic beverages can be purchased in an airport duty-free shop on arrival in Australia.
If you are aged 18 years or over you can bring 50 cigarettes or 50 grams of cigars or tobacco products duty-free into Australia with you. All tobacco products in accompanied baggage are included in this category, regardless of how or where they were purchased.
Families travelling together can pool their duty-free concessions.
Be aware that if you exceed Australia's duty-free concession limits you will be charged duty and tax on all items of that type (general goods, alcohol or tobacco), not just items which exceed the limits. Failure to declare goods in excess of your concession could result in the application of penalties.
The above information is correct as of July 2013.
For up-to-date info about restrictions, visit http://travelsecure.infrastructure.gov.au/