Days after retail giants Myer and Harvey Norman call on the Federal government to impose a 10 percent GST on online goods, Minister for Digital Economy, Stephen Conroy, has come out with advice for businesses moving online.
Launching the new website www.digitalbusiness.gov.au, which provides guidance for businesses seeking to establish greater online presence, it’s a clear pointer for the online direction in which retail trade is going.
“More and more Australians are turning to the internet to find information and it is important that small businesses and community organisations understand how to reach these people,” Senator Conroy admitted.
Consumer choice and ability to buy online will be further enhanced with the advent of the national broadband network, meaning businesses need to up their game, the minister conceded.
“The rollout of the National Broadband Network (NBN) will also deliver every home and business with affordable high speed broadband and it’s crucial for people to have the skills to take advantage of it,” he said.
The new site is replacing the two previous online guidelines, e-businessguide.gov.au, first introduced in 2004 and e-strategyguide.gov.au, in place since 2006, and gives companies lessons on e-commerce, enhancing productivity on the web and digital business.