About this inquiry

Inquiry into how to develop an effective regulatory system for digital currency, the potential impact of digital currency technology on the Australian economy, and how Australia can take advantage of digital currency technology.

Past Public Hearings

07 Apr 2015: Sydney, NSW
04 Mar 2015: Canberra, ACT
26 Nov 2014: Canberra, ACT



Digital currency—game changer or bit player

4 August 2015

© Commonwealth of Australia 2015
ISBN 978-1-76010-262-3

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Senate Economics References Committee (PDF 20KB)
Abbreviations (PDF 9KB)
Chapter 1 - Introduction (PDF 21KB)

Conduct of inquiry
Structure of the report

Chapter 2 - Overview and recent developments (PDF 157KB)

What is digital currency?
Current regulatory framework

Chapter 3 (PDF 95KB)

Benefits of digital currencies

Chapter 4 (PDF 76KB)

The Australian Taxation Office's rulings
Goods and services tax
Definitions of digital currencies for tax purposes
Other taxation concerns

Chapter 5 (PDF 108KB)

Concerns raised by submitters
Regulation of the sale and purchase of digital currency
Digital currency as a form of payment
'Wait-and-see' approach to regulation

Chapter 6 (PDF 73KB)

The relationship between digital currency businesses and banking services
The AML/CTF regime

Appendix 1 - Submissions and additional information received (PDF 22KB)
Appendix 2 - Public hearings and witnesses (PDF 11KB)

Committee Secretariat contact:

Senate Standing Committees on Economics
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Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

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