Protecting The Australian Film & Television Industry
The current position of investment in the Arts, Cultural and Heritage sectors of Australia is completely untenable. We want a profound shift in their treatment. It is a critical part of the innovative future we must foster to be competitive. Opportunity, Accessibility, Participation and Engagement in Arts and Culture must be the priority for Australians everywhere.
- Australian stories must appear on Australian screens. Existing and new players like Netflix, YouTube, Stan, ISPs and Telcos must have obligations to create original local programs.
- Retain existing quotas for genre production in Australia.
- The reversal of the funding cuts imposed on the ABC since the 2013 budget and a programming fund of $250 million a year created, to support new ABC and SBS programming, from drama to children’s TV.
- The return of all Screen Australia funding removed since the 2013 budget.
- The efficiency dividend suspended for both the ABC, SBS and Screen Australia for the next 5 years.
- No merging of the ABC and SBS. It will only result in less diversity for us all.
- All TV channels in Australia be subsidised by 80% to provide audio description and captioning of both their free-to-air and internet platforms.
- Returned financial support for the Screen Network organisations (Open Channel (Melbourne), Metro Screen (Sydney), MRC (Adelaide), FTI (Perth), Wide-angle (Hobart)).
- The return of digital bandwidth allocations to Community TV stations across the country and station recreation where necessary (e.g. TVS).
- Guarantee of digital bandwidth rights for community radio across Australia, the return of lost 2015 funding and an additional $10m investment to be spent on the Digital Transition and the National Training Program.
- Greater support for the Australian Producer Offset and expansion of its use to include all areas of the Screen Industry (Film, Television, Games Development, Platform Independant Digital / Online Endeavours etc.)
- A Federal commitment to funding the production and maintenance of children’s programs across all platforms.
- Increased legal protection of Australian Intellectual Property Protection of the cultural sectors from the scope of any free trade negotiations and continued support of the Location and PDV offsets.
- The creation of a National Australian Film Day to celebrate Australia through Australian Film. We want our great stories to be enjoyed by Australians everywhere, in cinemas, parks, clubs, schools, you name it!
- The creation of a ‘Screen Breakers’ ultra-low budget film fund, managed by Screen Australia – investing $20m of up to $150,000 in each project it supports, chosen through a crowdfunding mechanism, voted on by the Australian people. Funded productions would be made available to all
- Australians through an iview-style web streaming.