Screen Content & Media Reforms 2020-21
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Changes to Screen Production Incentives - 2021

Submissions to Treasury to comment on the changes to the Tax Legislation that need to be made to allow for these proposed reforms are called for and close 31 May at midnight

What are the issues?

Following the release of the White Paper in early 2020 and announcements by the Federal Government of proposed changes to Screen Production Incentives in September, the Government has released the draft legislation for the Australian Screen Production Incentives reform, at Draft Exposure Bill stage, for comment until Monday 31 May.

This legislation includes changes to QAPE for feature content and will significantly impact documentary particularly as well as drama production.

The AGSC together with APRA AMCOS has written a submission,  raising our concerns which affect documentary in particular

Key changes are proposed in the Exposure Draft Bill for Australian Screen Production Incentives, that forms part of the Media Reforms Package: Screen Sector Support, recently released for comment and include:

  • Increasing the Qualifying Australian Production Expenditure (QAPE) threshold for all feature films from $500,000 to $1M – meaning only feature-length films with budgets over $1M will be eligible for the Producer or Post, Digital and Visual Effects (PDV) Offsets. 

  • Removing the Gallipoli Clause, which permits some costs (such as Australian crew wages) incurred outside of Australia to be claimed as QAPE.

  • Limiting the amount of copyright or archival costs able to be claimed as QAPE to 30% of total production expenditure.

  • Removing the ability to count any expenditure on general business overheads towards QAPE.

  • Limiting the value of ‘above the line’ costs which can be counted towards QAPE to 20% of the total production expenditure.

Read about the Changes HERE and the Ministerial Press Release from September 2020.

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The White Paper 2020 & The Green Paper 2020/21

What are the Issues?

 

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 - 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% following significant lobbying from the screen sector but many of the reforms are still due to pass through legislation in the middle of 2021.

 

GREEN PAPER - 2021

In November 2020, the Government released its Green Paper on Media Reform for Modernising Television Regulation in Australia, proposing reforms across broadcast spectrums, licencing, content regulation and significantly, obligations on subscription streaming services (SVODs) and Advertising video services (AVODs) to invest in Australian content.  Alongside our colleagues in other guilds and APRA AMCOS, the AGSC believes that a number of the proposed reforms still DO NOT GO FAR ENOUGH to ensure a sustainable and healthy industrthy for oure members and have written a joint submission with APRA AMCOS to address these concerns.  We are also a signatory to a letter from the combined Guilds and Associations network (ASIG) that also addresses guild and association concerns for their members relating to hte proposals in the paper.

Download and read the published GREEN PAPER HERE and make your own submission by 23 May 2021. The AGSC also welcomes comments from our members that can form part of the guild's official submission. Please email us at agsc@agsc.org.au with them.

 

Read our joint submission with APRA AMCOS by clicking the button below - GREEN PAPER RESPONSE.

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.

Submissions from AGSC and our screen and music colleagues