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No more tampon tax and visa changes: The new laws taking effect in 2019

ออสเตรเลียเลิกเก็บภาษีจีเอสที ร้อยละ 10 สำหรับผลิตภัณฑ์ผ้าอนามัยทุกประเภท เริ่ม 1 มกราคม 2019 นี้ Source: Getty Images

NEWS: SBS News takes a look at the new rules and regulations kicking in 2019.

A New Year means new rules and regulations. SBS News looks at the new laws slated to kick in 2019

The tampon tax is over

From: January 1

The 10 per cent GST on tampons and other sanitary pads is no more.

Newly GST-free include tampons, disposable and reusable menstrual pads, menstrual cups, panty liners and period or leak-proof underwear.


Credit card lending

From: January 1

Changes are coming to the way some of Australia’s biggest credit card issuers hand out new cards - that includes American Express, CommBank, Westpac, NAB, Citi, ANZ, Bendigo and Adelaide Bank, HSBC, Latitude and Macquarie.

These providers have agreed to offer the ability to request a credit limit reduction or card cancellation online and stop providing unsolicited credit limit increase offers.

They have also agreed to, before issuing a card, properly assess whether a new customer can afford to repay the credit limit within three years.

You can read the full article in English here.