AUSTRALIAN TAX TREATIES
The Multilateral Convention to Implement Tax Treaty Related Measures to Prevent Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (the MLI) has modified the application of this tax treaty. A synthesised text of the MLI and this tax treaty is available to facilitate the understanding of how the MLI modifies this tax treaty.
In this Agreement, unless the context otherwise requires:
(a) the term " Slovak Republic " , when used in a geographical sense, means the territory over which the Slovak Republic exercises its sovereignty, sovereign rights or jurisdiction in accordance with the rules of international law;
(b) the term " Australia " , when used in a geographical sense, excludes all external territories other than:
(i) the Territory of Norfolk Island;
(ii) the Territory of Christmas Island;
(iii) the Territory of Cocos (Keeling) Islands;
(iv) the Territory of Ashmore and Cartier Islands;
(v) the Territory of Heard Island and McDonald Islands; and
and includes any area adjacent to the territorial limits of Australia (including the Territories specified in this subparagraph) in respect of which there is for the time being in force, consistently with international law, a law of Australia dealing with the exploration for or exploitation of any of the natural resources of the seabed and subsoil of the continental shelf;
(vi) the Coral Sea Islands Territory,
(c) the term " Australian tax " means tax imposed by Australia, being tax to which this Agreement applies by virtue of Article 2;
(d) the term " company " means any body corporate or any entity which is treated as a company or a body corporate for tax purposes;
(e) the term " competent authority " means:
(i) in the case of the Slovak Republic, the Minister of Finance of the Slovak Republic or an authorized representative of the Minister; and
(ii) in the case of Australia, the Commissioner of Taxation or an authorized representative of the Commissioner;
(f) the terms " a Contracting State " and " other Contracting State " mean the Slovak Republic or Australia, as the context requires;
(g) the terms " enterprise of a Contracting State " and " enterprise of the other Contracting State " mean an enterprise carried on by a resident of the Slovak Republic or an enterprise carried on by a resident of Australia, as the context requires;
(h) the term " person " includes an individual, a company and any other body of persons;
(i) the term " Slovak tax " means tax imposed by the Slovak Republic, being tax to which this Agreement applies by virtue of Article 2;
(j) the term " tax " means Australian tax or Slovak tax, as the context requires, but does not include any penalty or interest imposed under the law of either Contracting State relating to its tax. 2.
In the application of this Agreement by a Contracting State, any term not defined in this Agreement shall, unless the context otherwise requires, have the meaning which it has under the laws of that State from time to time in force relating to the taxes to which this Agreement applies.