Content Options & Reforms 2020-21
The Story so far....
What is the issue?
The Federal government is moving to change the rules that shape Australia’s screen industry. Australian content obligations for broadcasters and SVODs as well as tax incentives for producers are a key focus.
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.
Then in November 2020, the Green Paper, following on from the White Paper, was issued. Responses are again sought from the screen and media industries, and the AGSC will be responding, advised by the Industrial Relations Committee and in consultation with other Screen Guilds and APRA AMCOS.
Download and read the published GREEN PAPER HERE and make your own submission by 23 May 2021. The AGSC also welcomes comments to from our members that can form part of the guild's official submission. Please email us at
Submissions from AGSC and others
How you can Take Action
Join your screen industry colleagues in the MAKE IT AUSTRALIAN campaign, formed back in 2017, that unites directors, producers, writer,s screen composers, editors, designers, actors, HODs and crews to support a sustainable industry. Write to the Prime Minister using the easy email template and your local MP to let them know that our Australian Stories need to be told and need strong rules and support to continue reaching audiences.