I have had a call from Fedex stating there is an import charge for my machine.
I asked why I was being charged when the item is exempt from duty as it is medical equipment. It seems the government now has in place a duty that is payable on all goods over $1000 regardless if the item is duty free or not. The calculation to arrive at that figure is cost of item plus any shipping and related charges. Then the total amount is converted to $AU and if its over $1000 the fee is charged. The item will not be released until the fee is paid. The fee I paid was $56.20
I'm a little disappointed in the government, but even when I add this additional fee to the total I have paid for the machine it is still far cheaper than what the sharks here in Australia charge for the same machine.