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Media Release – ASGA Launches New Website

  The Australian Sporting Goods Association (ASGA) is very pleased to launch our new website – www.asga.com.au. Executive Director of ASGA, Shannon Walker, said “ASGA has had some significant changes since the old website was created several years ago. It is past time we updated the website to reflect those changes and I’m pleased to be launching the new site today.” The new site will allow companies in the sporting and active lifestyle goods sector to join ASGA, to purchase Market Intelligence Surveys and to engage with the association through social media. Everyone in the sector is ...
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Media Release – Sporting goods sector welcomes abolition of GST threshold for overseas goods

After five years of lobbying by the Australian Sporting Goods Association (ASGA) it is great to see the federal and state governments agree to abolish the Low Value Threshold on goods purchased from overseas. Executive Director of the Australian Sporting Goods Association, Shannon Walker, said “On behalf of the Australian sporting and active lifestyle goods brands and retailers we can claim success – the low value threshold will be scrapped by 1 July 2017.” “Finally, Australian retailers will be able to compete on a level playing field with overseas competitors, at least in regards to the GS...
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Media Release – Sporting goods sector welcomes Federal and State Leaders support to charge GST for online purchases under $1000

The Australian sporting and active lifestyle goods sector today welcomed the statement from the National Leaders Retreat to agree in principle to broaden the GST to cover overseas online purchases under $1,000. Executive Director of the Australian Sporting Goods Association, Shannon Walker, said “Today’s statement from the Prime Minister and State Premiers is an important next step in reducing the Low Value Threshold and ensuring overseas retailers do not have an unfair advantage over Australian retailers.” The statement in the National Leaders Retreat Communique reads: As a first step, the...
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Media Release – ASGA welcomes basketball goal system brand Goalrilla as new member

The Australian Sporting Goods Association (ASGA) is pleased to welcome basketball goal brandGoalrilla as a new member. Goalrilla, the leader in residential in-ground basketball goals in the United States, launched in Australia in late 2014 and is already supplying schools, local governments and families with steel and glass goal systems. Executive Director of ASGA, Shannon Walker, said “ASGA is very pleased another sports equipment company has seen the benefits of joining their industry association. Goalrilla has been a leading innovator of basketball goal systems and providing con...
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Media release – ASGA welcomes wearable tech experts Hexoskin as a new member

The Australian Sporting Goods Association (ASGA) is pleased to welcome Hexoskin Oceania as a new member in the rapidly growing wearable technologies and fitness data analytics category. Founded in 2006 in Canada, Hexoskin’s mission is to record and organise personal health information and make it accessible and useful. They are at the forefront of wearable tech in Australia and will make an exciting contribution to ASGA and the sporting and active lifestyle goods sector in Australia. Executive Director of ASGA, Shannon Walker, said “The wearable tech market is in its infancy in Australia, bu...
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Media Release – Active Wear: Forecasting future trends in female consumer behaviour

The Australian Sporting Goods Association (ASGA) is pleased and excited to announce a new partnership with Victoria University and 10 Thousand Feet to undertake a major research project into female buyers of active wear. This $140,000 research project will result in a comprehensive report about the trends in female active wear, consumer sentiment about the category and the future of the category in the Australian marketplace in the next five to 10 years. The report will provide valuable insights to brands, retailers and marketers of female active wear and for companies thinking of moving into...
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Media release – A Good start, but more needs to be done to protect integrity of GST

The Australian sporting and active lifestyle goods sector today welcomed the decision of the Federal Government to charge GST on intangibles, the so-called ‘Netflix tax’, but warned more needs to be done to protect the integrity of the GST. Executive Director of the Australian Sporting Goods Association, Shannon Walker, said “If an online overseas retailer like Netflix can collect the GST for movies and TV shows, there is no reason why an online overseas retailer like Wiggle cannot collect GST for a pair of runners. The Government has taken the first step – now it needs to immediately legisla...
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Media Release – Sporting goods sector welcomes commitment to local sport in Vic 2015-16 Budget

The Australian sporting and active lifestyle goods sector has welcomed the commitment of the Victorian Government to improve community sports facilities and increase sports participation in today’s budget. The sporting and active lifestyle goods sector is very pleased to see a commitment of $226 million to Victorian sport. The sector is particularly pleased with the: $100 million Community Sports Infrastructure Fund $10 million to fund decent female change rooms $11.6 million for netball $14 million to encourage more people to get outdoors, take up a sport and maintain a healthy lifesty...
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Media release – ASGA Welcomes Call From Treasurer to Charge GST on Goods Purchased Overseas under $1,000

The Australian sporting and active lifestyle goods sector today welcomed the Treasurer's comments that GST should be charged on goods purchased overseas that are under $1,000. Executive Director of the Australian Sporting Goods Association, Shannon Walker, said "The call by Treasurer Joe Hockey, that goods from overseas under $1,000 should attract GST, is another recent positive move from this Government to fix the problems of the low value threshold." "The old argument, that lowering the Low Value Threshold to collect GST on goods purchased overseas would cost more than it collects, is simp...
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Industry News – ASGA Welcomes new calls to scrap LVT

Australian sporting and active lifestyle goods companies welcomed the call by the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) to lower or abolish the Low Value Threshold on overseas goods. The call from ACCI comes on the back of the recent and very positive call from the new Assistant Treasurer, The Hon. Josh Frydenberg MP, to consider lowering or abolishing the Threshold in the upcoming tax white paper. Read more  
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