2.a.3. Item 8 in the Table of section 38-10(1) lists the service of Herbal Medicine (including traditional Chinese herbal medicine). Ayurvedic medicine has gained popularity in Australia over the last decade. Professional training courses are now being conducted in Ayurvedic medicine and there is a national professional association that accredits Ayurvedic medicine practitioners. Ayurvedic medicine is essentially understood by both the layperson and health professionals as being the practice of herbal medicine in India. What is the ATO’s interpretation of Item 8 regarding Ayurvedic medicine?
Non-interpretative – straight application of the law.
Assuming the above information is correct, provided the application of Ayurvedic medicine is generally accepted as appropriate treatment by *recognised professionals of ‘Herbal medicine’, the supply will be GST-free provided that the other elements of section 38-10(1) are satisfied. As described, it would appear Ayurvedic medicine is a technique of herbal medicine.