AGSC advocacy on industrial issues across content and media reforms, screen Production incentives legislation and more.
The AGSC’s Industrial Relations Committee, Executive Director and Board members, including President Antony Partos have been active on the advocacy front. In particular, by lobbying government including Senators, MPs and Ministerial advisers on a range of issues that affect the screen industry, the screen music sector and screen composers.
 
Key Issues the AGSC has been responding to, across the Department of Communications and Arts and the Taxation Department include:
 

• Screen Production Incentives Legislation

• Media Reforms for Modernising Television Regulation, including regulation of streaming services (SVODs)

• Broadcasting Amendments Legislation

• Inquiry in the Creative and Cultural Industries and Institutions.

Our advocacy has taken place alongside our screen colleagues in other guilds and organisations such as the ADG, AWG, MEAA, APVA, ACS, APDG, ASSG and others. This has occurred through the network of screen guilds and associations as well as with APRA AMCOS, on the screen music front.  There’s a lot still to do, and we welcome any contributions from our members. Please contact us at agsc@agsc.org.au if you’d like to know more or get involved in this important work.

Broadcasting Amendments Legislation Bill

The Government sought to pass a bill that reduced the obligation of pay TV broadcasters (significantly Foxtel) to invest in Australian content. The Bill sought to amend the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to:

  • Reduce the expenditure required by subscription television broadcasting licensees on new eligible drama expenditure from 10 per cent to 5 per cent
June 2021

The Senate Committee reviewing this bill recommended that the proposal to have subscription television’s local drama quota be withdrawn.

The AGSC wrote a submission together with APRA AMCOS to this proposed legislation and was a signatory to the combined ASIGA submission proposing the legislation remain unchanged.

Media: Senate Committee recommends keeping Foxtel Drama Quota intact