Yet another ill conceived knee jerk reaction that clearly conflicts with the Government's claims of opening up the marketplace to competition. They are creating a protected market, which in turn will restrict the market's innovation.
It is obvious that no cost/benefit analysis or any business case was prepare prior to this being pushed through. If there had been, it would be obvious that this will never achieve it's aim, because the cost of collection far outweighs the intangible benefits that it was meant to produce.
Assuming any overseas seller is willing to act as a collection agency, how can buyers be assured that the GST collected will be paid on their behalf? How will any money collected be transferred to Australia? How will payment be linked to a purchase on arrival to Australia? How will it be reconciled? etc.
The marketplace has clearly shown that they want the option of buying goods online, and frequently from overseas. Most large online sellers will either ignore the requirement, or stop selling to Australia.
As I have said before, instead of just complaining (like Gerry Harvey does) that we are buying from overseas, it's time that Australian retailers started developing their digital platforms so their inventories are available, attractive, efficient, effective, and competitive to buy from.