10 % GST On all Book Imports
As of the 1st of July, 2017, the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) will collect GST on all imported goods below the value of $1000. 10% GST import tax will apply to ensure Australian booksellers have a fair and competitive advantage when competing with overseas publishing houses. This will enable an increase in Australian book sales, will promote and make known often struggling authors and enable Australian Publishing houses and associated bookstores to further grow the domestic market.
In August 2015, the Australian Government announced it would be implementing the procedure and hope this would spark greater support for the book and publishing industry.
Australian Book Design Awards
It’s that time of the year again, folks when we see: The Australian Book Design Awards take place in Sydney on Friday, May 26th, 2017. This year marks the 65th event for the country – an incredible feat in the world of Australian publishing.
Competition entries were open to books designed in Australian between 1st of January 2016 through until 31st December, 2016.
As usual, the event entices publishers across the country to present their most stunning, creative and original book works; to be entered in one or more of the sixteen competition categories. Some of the most popular categories are: Best Designed Scholarly and Reference Book, Young Designer of the Year, Best Designed Independent Book for titles with a print run of less than 1000 copies.