4.a.4. Will all needles and syringes be GST-free?
Non-interpretative – straight application of the law.
Item 37 of Schedule 3 refers to needles and syringes under the category heading, "Diabetes". It is not only needles and syringes for use by diabetics which fall within item 37. However, it is considered that the individual items 'needles' and 'syringes' must be interpreted by reference to the fact that they are listed together. On this basis, it is considered that a needle that is not designed for use with a syringe, or a syringe that is not designed for use with a needle, will not be covered by item 37 in Schedule 3. Thus, an item such as a needle for inserting sutures is not covered by Schedule 3.
The supply of needles and syringes that are covered by item 37 will be GST-free if specifically designed for people with an illness or disability and are not widely used by people without an illness or disability. For example, needles for insulin dependent diabetics will be GST-free.