So we knew that the 2015 budget was going to start applying GST to digitally purchased goods, including games from Steam and other platforms. What we learned from last night's announcements is that this won't happen until 2017.
As Luke reports over at Gizmodo, the GST for imported digital goods won't be in place until 1 July 2017 -- more than two years from now.
That's partly because the government is waiting on international agreements on how these processes should work -- it's hard for the Australian Taxation Office to rock up to non-Australian organisations and say "start handing over your money". The OECD is working on guidelines which are expected before the end of the year.
The legislation to enable this to happen also needs to pass Parliament, though it won't necessarily face much opposition. But the 2017 start date means no change for a while. It also means we face at least two more years of Steam prices for Aussies that are often arbitrarily higher, GST or no GST.