Industry advocacy & government relations

ASGA plays an important role in advocating and lobbying governments to improve the business environment for members and the sporting and active lifestyle goods industry more generally. Our efforts include:

  • Working with all levels of government to improve participation in sport and physical activity in Australia
  • Lobbying for improvements to taxation laws, including the Low Value Threshold and customs duties and tariffs
  • Advising the Federal Government on improvements to industrial relations legislation
  • Working with Customs, the Federal Government and state government Consumer Affairs / Fair Trading Departments to improve anti-counterfeiting laws
  • Working with state governments on retail tenancy issues
  • Communicating with members and educating them about changes to legislation and regulations as they occur
  • Campaigning on issues of interest to members.

ASGA’s ability to influence government policy and be taken seriously by decision-makers at all levels is based on the number of members we have. The more members, the more influence. If your business could benefit from increases in sports participation funding, or improvements to taxation and other laws, then join ASGA today.

ASGA makes submissions to government consultations where it is in the interests of our members to do so. Previous government submissions include:

Submission Description Consulting body Date

 NSW Government’s Environmental Planning and Assessment Act

A submission to the NSW government’s consultation on proposed changes to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. A discussion on the importance of active cities. NSW Government March 2017

 ASGA 2017-18 pre-Budget Submission

A submission to the Treasury Dept re: ASGA’s policy recommendations in the lead-up to the 2017-18 Federal Budget. Federal Treasury January 2017

Applying GST to low value goods imported by consumers

A submission to the Treasury Dept re: the proposed amendment to change the tax law (by scrapping the low value threshold) so GST can be charged on overseas online purchases of physical goods. Federal Treasury November 2016
GST Treatment of Cross-Border Transactions (LVT on intangibles) A submission to the Treasury Dept re the proposed amendment to change the tax law (by scrapping the low value threshold) so GST can be charged on overseas online purchases of intangible goods. Federal Treasury October 2015
Letter to SA Retail Shop Leases Review – June 2015 A letter to the South Australian Government’s review of the Retail and Commercial Leases Act. Office of the South Australian Small Business Commissioner June 2015
Anti-Counterfeiting Brief for Assistant Minister for Border Protection A briefing document for the Minister outlining ASGA’s concerns about counterfeit products entering the country Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection June 2014
Relative Costs of Doing Business in Australia: Retail Trade Industry A submission to the PC regarding how expensive it is for retailers to do business in Australia, relative to other countries. Productivity Commission June 2014
The role of the Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman ASGA’s views on the role, powers and responsibilities of the SBFEO. Federal Treasury May 2014
Brief re: Designed to Move for the Office of Prime Minister and Cabinet A briefing document for the PM’s office regarding the international Designed to Move project Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet February 2014
NSW Government review into the Retail Leases Act  ASGA’s view on how the Act could be better for sporting and active lifestyle goods retailers NSW Government January 2014
Queensland Government review into the Retail Shop Leases Act ASGA’s view on how the Act could be better for sporting and active lifestyle goods retailers Queensland Government July 2013
Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education ASGA’s comments on the Physical Education curriculum being developed nationally. The Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority April 2013
Response to the PC’s Draft Report: The Economic Structure and Performance of the Australian Retail Industry ASGA (and others) response to the Productivity Commission’s Report into the low value threshold and other retail issues Productivity Commission September 2011
Submission to the PC Inquiry: The Economic Structure and Performance of the Australian Retail Industry  ASGA (and others) call for reduction of the low value threshold and other changes to the retail industry. Productivity Commission May 2011

The Executive Director of ASGA is a member of a number of industry and government bodies, where he represents the interests of ASGA members. These organisations include: