The 10 per cent tax on tampons and pads will be removed after states and territories agreed to make sanitary products exempt from the GST.

Treasurers met this morning to discuss the matter and have unanimously agreed to pass the Federal Government’s proposal.

The products to be made exempt are expected to include tampons, pads, menstrual cups, maternity pads and leak-proof underwear, but the full list will be subject to public consultation, reports ABC news.

The move will cost the states $30 million a year but the Coalition argues the shortfall will be easily covered because they are already receiving more GST revenue than forecast.

Earlier this year Scott Morrison, then treasurer, vowed to remove the tax and described it as an “anomaly” that should never have been applied to sanitary products in the first place.

“I can see it is a source of frustration and angst. Here’s a straightforward practical opportunity to deal with it once and for all,” he said at the time.

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  • I don’t see the prices changing. Supermarkets will just increase the price. We should be refunded 10 years worth of GST.


  • I agree they shouldn’t have a tax on them, but it’s 10%, we won’t be saving much per box. Less then a dollar for the biggest boxes


  • Well…. the removal of this tax is long overdue. These are not luxury items, these are essentials!


  • I agree with you but there’s no chance of that happening. None of us have proof of purchase and the Govt. has already wasted the money.


  • About time!!


  • I wonder if this will pass down properly to the consumer?


  • That is good news indeed ! Bizarre that this took such a long time !!


  • And how about a refund for all the years we have being paying it??


  • Hope this will extend to male incontinence pads as well. They are even dearer than the female ones.


  • Great about time they are expensive
    Now watch they will put the price of them up great more expense to the house hold

    • I hope they keep a keen eye on the prices and penalise anyone that inflates prices.


  • Great! Finally! Proving now that the pricing isn’t upped despite the gst removal. So expensive already!


  • This is great news and a step forward for women’s equality


  • That’s amazing. A decision so important for all women!!


  • Great to hear and about time. Would be interested if this includes removing any ‘luxury tax’ that was on them in the past (I might be behind the times on this).


  • Finally! It only took them how bloody long to do it, should have never been applied to such essential and necessary products in the first place. I hope sanitary brands don’t try to take advantage and raise prices to GST level to make an extra profit.


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