Viewer Access Satellite Television (VAST)—fact sheet

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The majority of Australians receive TV signals from local transmission towers. However, there will always be places that cannot receive a reliable TV signal from a tower and need to rely on satellite. The Viewer Access Satellite Television (VAST) service provides free-to-air TV services over satellite for around 200,000 homes and businesses in mainly regional and remote locations where reliable reception is not available. VAST is also used by people who have mobile homes and caravans, with mobile satellite reception equipment.

Grant reporting 2017–18—Arts Division

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A grant is a conditional transfer of resources from the Australian Government to a recipient for a specified purpose. Grants are directed at assisting recipients to achieve their own goals whilst also supporting Australian Government policy objectives. This list was last updated on 29 May 2018.

Audio description

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The Government has released the report of the Audio Description Working Group. The Government is grateful to the Working Group for its deliberations and is undertaking further policy work to determine the appropriate next steps.

Audio Description Working Group—final report

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Australian audiences have more viewing opportunities than ever before, choosing from a range of services including free-to-air (FTA) television, subscription television (STV), catch-up television, streaming services, subscription video on demand (SVOD) and user generated video. Australia's FTA and STV broadcasters provide access to iconic cultural and sporting events, news, current affairs and entertainment, including Australian content. The sector plays an important role in reflecting and informing Australian cultural life.

Duration of copyright

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Table setting out the new copyright terms that will apply from 1 January 2019 under the Copyright Amendment (Disability Access and Other Measures) Act 2017.

Australian Government response to the Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee report—Copyright Amendment (Service Providers) Bill 2017

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In light of the ongoing entrenched and polarised views of stakeholders on safe harbour reform, the Government supports the Committee’s recommendation to expand safe harbour to the educational, cultural and disability sectors. These sectors provide valuable services to the community and already demonstrate a comprehensive approach to managing and protecting copyright content. Submissions to the Committee demonstrate that there is strong support from a wide variety of stakeholders to extend the scheme, at least, to these sectors.