OVERVIEW OF THE GST START-UP ASSISTANCE OFFICE
On 13 August 1999, the GST
Start-Up Assistance Office (GSTSAO) was established within the Department
of Treasury to administer the $500 million assistance set aside by the
Government to assist Small and Medium Enterprises, the Community sector
and Education (SMECEs) institutions get ready for the GST. The GSTSAO
administered these funds in consultation with The New Tax System Advisory
Board, the Business Advisory Panel and the Community Sector Advisory Panel.
The GST Start-Up Assistance
Office delivered programmes until 28 February 2001, and and closed on
30 June 2001.
The assistance funds were used to deliver four programmes described below.
Delivered Assistance (ODA) Programme
Skills Education Programme
A summary of achievements under these programmes can
be found below.
to February 2001