The Federal government is moving to change the rules that shape Australia’s screen and television broadcast industries. Australian content obligations for broadcasters and SVODs as well as tax incentives for producers are a key focus.
White Paper on Content Reform – 2020
In 2020, the government asked for feedback on a policy options paper to inform its decision. The industry responded in great numbers, including a joint response from the AGSC and APRA AMCOS, as well as the AGSC being a signatory to a combined Screen Guilds and Associations submission.
Since then, on 30 September 2020, just before the new budget was released, the Arts Minister, Paul Fletcher via the Department of Communications issued a media release announcing proposed reforms that DO NOT GO FAR ENOUGH to ensure a sustainable industry, particularly for Screen Composers, protection of our IP and ensuring we are employed or contracted on Australian productions funded by taxpayer funds. We issued our own Media Statement together with APRA AMCOS, urging the government to re-consider the proposed reforms.
A significant victory was achieved in April 2021, when the Government announced a backflip on the proposal to reduce the Producer Offset for feature films from 40% to 30%. This victory followed significant lobbying from the screen sector, however many of the reforms are still due to pass through legislation in mid 2021.