Broadcasting, Australian content and funding for Australia’s national cultural institutions key features of our portfolio’s 2017-18 Federal Budget.

9 May 2017

The Government has announced the 2017-18 Federal Budget, focussing on reforms to the broadcasting sector, conducting a review of Australian content and supporting our national cultural institutions.

In the lead up to the Budget announcement, the Government also outlined key reforms planned for the Australian broadcasting sector.

The reforms will see the Government reduce children’s exposure to gambling advertising during live sporting programs, adjustments to the anti-siphoning scheme and the provision of funding to increase coverage of sports that currently receive low or no broadcast exposure. More information is available on the Broadcasting and Content reform webpage.

There will also be a review of current policies relating to Australian and children’s content, ensuring the ongoing production Australian and children’s content for domestic and international audiences, regardless of platform.

Broadcasters will see their license fees abolished, and will instead be charged for the spectrum they use, helping them to compete in a modern media environment.

The provision of $48.5 million in funding for our National Cultural Institutions will assist them to protect their cultural collections and provide strategic support and capital works through the Public Service Modernisation Fund.

View the 2017-18 Portfoilo Budget Statements for the Department of Communications and the Arts.

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