Consultation on removing the GST on feminine hygiene products

Release Date: 
8 October 2018
Media release

Joint media release
The Hon. Josh Frydenberg MP, Treasurer
The Hon. Greg Hunt MP, Minister for Health

The Coalition Government is getting on with the job of removing the Goods and Services Tax (GST) on feminine hygiene products.

Consultation is starting today on a proposed definition of feminine hygiene products, which will confirm which items will be exempt of the GST.

So the exemption can take effect from 1 January 2019, we are undertaking a two week consultation process on the draft definition.

The proposed definition, which includes tampons, pads and cups, was drafted in consultation with the Department of Health and the Office of Women and considered at the Treasurers’ meeting last week. 

Following the consultation, a Ministerial Determination will be made, which is expected to be tabled in Parliament later this year, and the GST will be removed from next year. 

This long overdue reform is the result of the Coalition Government putting this issue on the agenda of the Council on Federal Financial Relations meeting earlier this month, where Treasurers unanimously agreed to remove the GST from these products. 

Everyone can have their say on the draft definition by making a submission via the Treasury website.