How much will the Irish pay for an Australian appliance?
The Irish Government is to introduce legislation that will make the country pay an Australian company a percentage of the appliance repair bills it deals with.
The measure will be part of a wider effort by the Government to tackle the growing problem of high-cost, overpriced Australian appliance repair.
It comes as the Government looks to address the growing costs of overseas purchases of consumer electronics, and the Government is also seeking to make the purchase of domestic appliances easier.
The bill will provide a statutory incentive to repair Australian appliances, but it will not be able to be used to subsidise Australian consumers.
The Government has said it will be working with Australian businesses to create a national incentive scheme that will create jobs.
It also announced a pilot project to provide a rebate to customers who purchase appliances in Ireland from overseas, and that a similar rebate will be introduced for the purchase from Australia of new appliances.
“The Government is committed to reducing costs and increasing the availability of high quality products for Irish consumers, and to ensuring that Australians can enjoy high-quality products at competitive prices,” Minister for Commerce and Enterprise Shane Ross said.
“Our government is determined to take action to ensure that consumers in Ireland enjoy a high quality of life when buying, repairing and maintaining their own appliances, and we are determined to continue to help our Australian customers meet their appliance repair needs.”
The measure, which is expected to be approved by the Irish Parliament this month, will also provide a mechanism to incentivise Australian appliance manufacturers to invest in their own manufacturing facilities.
“We will work closely with our European counterparts to create an incentive scheme, whereby manufacturers of appliances in the Republic will receive a rebate of up to 30 percent of the total purchase price of their appliance if they manufacture their appliances in Australia,” Mr Ross said in a statement.
The incentive will be available to Australian manufacturers who have a manufacturing capacity in the European Union or who have completed a pre-licensing process in Ireland, but the Government said it would not be available for Australian companies who manufacture in the UK, China or South Korea.
“To incentivise the purchase and repair of new Australian appliances by the manufacturers of Ireland, the Irish Government will provide incentives to Irish businesses in accordance with the rules of the European Consumer Protection Directive,” the Government statement said.
The legislation will also apply to the purchase by an Australian manufacturer of a new appliance in Ireland.
The European Union, which has long held a soft spot for Ireland, has been one of the most vocal supporters of the scheme.
“I can confirm that the European Commission will continue to work closely on the Irish appliance rebate, with a view to facilitating the provision of this incentive to the Irish consumer, including through a mechanism for direct payments from Australian consumers,” a spokesperson for the Commission said in an emailed statement.