The Government is supporting Australian screen content by injecting $53 million for the development and production of local content as well as modernising Australian content regulation.

The Australian Government is supporting the provision of quality Australian screen content injecting $53 million for the development and production of local content as part of the 2020–21 Federal Budget and modernising content regulations.

This announcement responds to the Government's extensive consultation process undertaken with the release of the Supporting Australian Stories on our Screens. Submissions to this paper can be found at www.communications.gov.au/have-your-say/supporting-australian-stories-our-screens-options-paper.

Australian Screen Production Incentive changes

The Government will harmonise the Producer Offset at 30 per cent for eligible Australian film and television production, while also making complementary threshold and integrity amendments across the three film tax offsets.

For more information, go to www.arts.gov.au/what-we-do/screen/australian-screen-production-incentive.

Funding

The Australian Children's Television Foundation will receive $20 million over two years (from 1 July 2021) for the development, production and distribution of high-quality Australian children's content. The Government is also providing and additional $30 million to Screen Australia over two years (from 1 July 2021) to support Australian drama, children's and documentary film and television production. In addition, Screen Australia will receive $3 million over three years (commencing in 2020–21) to establish a competitive grants program to cultivate quality Australian screenwriting and script development.

Commercial broadcasters

From 1 January 2021, the Government will simplify and provide greater flexibility for commercial broadcasters to show Australian drama, children's and documentary content.

Information about the proposed changes to content obligations can be found at Fact sheet—Modernising Australian Content Obligations.

Information about the current obligations can be found at https://www.acma.gov.au/content-rules-commercial-tv.

Subscription broadcasters

The Government will move to reduce content expenditure obligations on subscription broadcasters for new drama programming from 10 per cent to five per cent of eligible drama spending from 1 July 2021.

Information about the content obligations for subscription broadcasters can be found at www.acma.gov.au/spending-subscription-tv-drama.

Streaming video services

The Government will ask large video streaming services operating in Australia to report on their level of investment in Australian content to the Australian Communications and Media Authority. The Government will engage with affected services about the scope of the request.

Further information

Fact sheet—modernising Australian content regulation

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The Government is modernising the regulatory framework that underpins Australian content. These new measures will support Australian content on all screens, not just on television, and reflect the new ways that Australians are accessing and consuming content in a digital media environment.

Fact sheet—Budget package for television and film production sector

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As part of the 2020-21 Federal Budget, the Australian Government has announced a package of funding and regulatory reforms to deliver Australian jobs and support the production of Australian screen content.  These measures have been developed following extensive consultation following the release of the Supporting Australian Stories on our Screen options paper in early 2020.