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Budget 2007: New Australian Screen Authority to be formed.



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New Australian Screen Authority to be formed

9 May 2007

Joint media release Senator Brandis & Senator Coonan

As part of the Australian Government’s $282.9 million film package announced in this year’s Budget, a new Australian Screen Authority (ASA) will be established to drive the continued development of Australia’s film and television production sector into the future, the Minister for the Arts and Sport, Senator George Brandis, announced today.

“The Australian Screen Authority (ASA), to be established on 1 July 2008, will assume the functions currently undertaken by the Australian Film Commission, Film Finance Corporation Australia and Film Australia Ltd. The decision to establish the ASA follows the completion of the Australian Government’s Review of Film Funding Support,” Senator Brandis said.

“The ASA will be responsible for funding for the development, production, preservation and promotion of Australian screen content and screen industry enterprises, including public access programs.”

The new agency’s functions will be to:

z Provide Australian and international audiences with a diverse range of engaging and

important Australian screen productions; z Help develop a high quality, commercially focused Australian screen production

industry, and z Provide current and future generations with access to and experience of the

Australian screen legacy.

“Funding for the individual agencies will be maintained in 2007-08. However the introduction of the new Producer’s Rebate will significantly lessen the call on direct funding from the Authority over time,” Senator Brandis said.

Existing levels of funding for documentary through Film Australia’s National Interest Program will be maintained under the new arrangements.

“Funding for the Australian Children’s Television Foundation will be continued, as will funding for Ausfilm which markets Australia as a destination for offshore film production,” Senator Brandis said.

The Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS) will continue to support the individual professional development of new and existing film industry participants by continuing to offer courses and activities that address the underlying fundamentals of script development, production and commercial skills.

The Government’s 2004 election commitments delivered through AFTRS will also be continued, including support for multi-platform courses and the continuation of its Centre for Screen Business. This will become the principal body for screen industry research and

Senator the Hon. George Brandis S.C. MINISTER FOR THE ARTS AND SPORT

incorporate the research and statistics function currently undertaken by the AFC once the ASA is established.

“Government support for the development and preservation of a legacy of productions and improving access to our screen culture also remains valuable. A distinct and prominent profile for the National Film and Sound Archive, within the ASA therefore will be ensured under the new arrangements,” Senator Brandis said.

“This year’s Budget shows the Australian Government’s strong commitment to building Australia’s sustainable and exceptional Arts sector. It constitutes the largest ever investment in the Australian film industry, as well as the biggest investment in the Arts,

contributing more than $800 million to the Arts over the next four years,” Senator Brandis said.

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