Voluntary Disclosures in Australia - Demonstrating Your Efforts


The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) in Australia recently published DIBPN 2016/35, Voluntary Disclosures under Section 243T and Section 243U Customs Act 1901. In this notice, DIBP highlighted their commitment to working with industry to encourage higher levels of voluntary compliance by providing increased transparency to the regulatory trade environment.

A voluntary disclosure is the communication of a written notice of an error, omission or adjustment in statements made to DIBP. If you make such disclosures voluntarily, before DIBP instigates any queries or proceedings, you will likely be protected from penalties that would otherwise be imposed.

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Topics: Australia

Australian Compliance Update: What You Need to Know

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… an Aussie Christmas with sunny skies, blistering heat, packed beaches and rapidly depreciating personal bank accounts. But if that’s not enough to get you excited, there is, of course, the recently released Goods Compliance Update (“The Update”) from the Australian Border Force (“ABF”).

The Update aims to highlight pertinent issues identified by the ABF, compliance areas of focus, and provides some statistics on the Compliance Programme results for the 2015/2016 Financial year. I’ll reiterate that second point - the ABF highlight the compliance areas of focus, hence if your activities fall within these areas it is recommended that you assess, and if appropriate address, any risks.

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Australia’s Trusted Trader Program – It’s Around the Corner

Is the Trusted Trader Program (TTP) the beginning of a “new trade era” for the Down Under?


You might be asking “What is it and how is it relevant to me?” The idea is that it is a modernized system developed by both Australian Customs and Border Protection (ACBPS) to enhance the competitiveness of Australian traders by relieving unnecessary administrative and regulatory burdens, whilst still protecting the borders from associated risk.  The process being designed is in accordance with the trade facilitation measures outlined in the World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement, also known as the SAFE Framework.

The TTP will provide some clearance privileges to recognized trusted traders. In simple terms, think of the TTP as a relationship with the ACBPS built on trust and shared responsibility. Sounds like a marriage, right?

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