February 2017 Newsletter

    Executive Director’s Report Last month I welcomed the appointment of the new Minister for Sport and Health, the Hon. Greg Hunt MP. We’re pleased Minister Hunt has been appointed as the Minister for Health and Sport. By continuing to link health and sport, the Government is showing a very real understanding of how sport and physical activity can have an enormous influence on health outcomes for Australians. However, I’d also suggest that, with the Health portfolio such a massive job, appointing a junior sport minister to assist Mr Hunt would be a great idea. As noted in ...
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Scrapping LVT moves one step closer

Australian sporting and active lifestyle goods brands and retailers are very pleased to see that today Treasurer Scott Morrison introduced the Treasury Laws Amendment (GST Low Value Goods) Bill 2017 into Parliament. This Bill will scrap the Low Value Threshold. Overseas online retailers will now have to register for GST with the Australian Tax Office, charge Australian consumers GST at the point-of-purchase, and remit the GST back to the ATO – the same way every Aussie retailer does. From 1 July 2017, when the new laws will come into effect, overseas competitors will no longer have an unfair...
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February 2017 Update

In this edition of the ASGA Update you’ll find articles about: Paying employees to exercise at work Running helps kids perform better in school Australian sport has more than 51 million social media followers Taiwanese start-up creates first ‘smart’ baseball Sport specialisation leads to more injuries New English stats show levels of physical activity Moving equals happiness Olympic success has encouraged more girls into sport       Paying employees to exercise at work The CEO of IT firm Hootsuite has written an engaging article about the importance of compa...
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Sporting goods sector welcomes Minister Hunt as new Sport Minister

The Australian sporting goods sector today congratulated the Hon. Greg Hunt on his appointment as Minister for Health and Minister for Sport. Executive Director of the Australian Sporting Goods Association, Shannon Walker, said “We’re pleased Minister Hunt has been appointed as the Minister for Health and Sport. By continuing to link health and sport, the Government is showing a very real understanding of how sport and physical activity can have an enormous influence on health outcomes for Australians.” As noted in ASGA’s recent 2017-18 pre-Budget submission, Australia, like much of the rest...
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December 2016 Newsletter

    Executive Director’s Report On behalf of the Board I’d like to wish a merry Christmas and a happy New Year to all ASGA members and Newsletter subscribers. The past year has been an extremely busy one for ASGA, with a number of resignations and new appointments at the Board level, several new members and major work on our women’s active wear research project: Active Wear: Forecasting Future Trends in Female Consumer Behaviour. We also started work on a new strategic plan to guide the future direction of ASGA and will be continuing that work into 2017. I’d like to thank A...
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ASGA welcomes release of first set of AusPlay sports participation data

The Australian sporting and active lifestyle goods industry welcomes the launch of the first set of results from AusPlay, the new sport and recreation participation survey by the Australian Sports Commission. Released today by the Minister for Sport, AusPlay is the official Government research that not only tracks Australian sport participation behaviours but also informs investment, policy and sport delivery. Executive director of the Australian Sporting Goods Association (ASGA), Shannon Walker, said “ASGA has been calling for a national sports participation survey since the old ERASS surve...
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December 2016 Update

In this edition of the ASGA Update you’ll find articles about: Aussie kids get ‘D minus’ for physical activity Sport England tackling inactivity Tax sugary drinks to combat obesity Mouthguards a key defence against sports injuries Sports role in peace The sports that could save your life The future of sports governance New concussion research       Aussie kids get ‘D minus’ for physical activity Australian kids are now some of the least active in the world, and have again been graded a D minus for physical activity according to the latest national report fro...
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Government calls for submissions on Low Value Threshold legislation

The federal Treasury Department has called for submissions about the proposed legislation to abolish the Low Value Threshold and have overseas retailers charge Australian consumers GST at the point-of-purchase. Executive Director of the Australian Sporting Goods Association, Shannon Walker, said "ASGA encourages our members and other companies in the sporting and active lifestyle goods industry to make a submission to this consultation. While ASGA itself will be making a submission, the more voices the government hears from our sector the better." The consultation ends on Friday 2 December 2...
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November 2016 Newsletter

    Executive Director’s Report On behalf of the Board of the Australian Sporting Goods Association you are invited to the ASGA Annual General Meeting. The AGM is a fantastic networking opportunity for the leaders of the Australian sporting and active lifestyle goods sectors. It is also your chance to hear one of Australia’s leading experts on retail and technology. Gareth Jude, the Retail Industry Executive in Telstra’s Global Industries team, is responsible for helping Telstra develop strategies for the retail industry. He is co-author of the Telstra Global report The Pers...
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You’re invited to the ASGA AGM!

On behalf of the Board of the Australian Sporting Goods Association you are invited to the ASGA Annual General Meeting. The AGM is a fantastic networking opportunity for the leaders of the Australian sporting and active lifestyle goods sectors.     It is also your chance to hear one of Australia's leading experts on retail and technology. Gareth Jude, the Retail Industry Executive in Telstra’s Global Industries team,  is responsible for helping Telstra develop strategies for the retail industry. He is co-author of the Telstra Global report The Personal Supply Chain. Gareth has ...
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