Australian Government, 2007–08 Budget

Communications, Information Technology and the Arts

2007 World Police and Fire Games — contribution

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts - - - -

The Government provided $0.7 million in 2006-07 to contribute to the 2007 World Police and Fire Games in Adelaide. This measure will provide financial assistance to the organising committee for the staging of the Games.

The cost of this measure will be met from within the existing resourcing of the Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts.

Adelaide Oval — redevelopment

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts 5.0 10.0 10.0 -

The Government will provide $25.0 million over three years from 2007-08 towards the redevelopment of the western grandstand at Adelaide Oval.

This funding is conditional on the South Australian Government increasing its existing $16.0 million commitment to match the Australian Government contribution.

Further information can be found in the press release of 26 January 2007 issued by the Minister for Finance and Administration.

Australia Council — continuation of base funding

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Australia Council - - - -

The Government will provide $418.5 million to the Australia Council through a triennial funding agreement for the period 2007-08 to 2009-10.

This measure involves funding of $138.3 million in 2007-08, $140.0 million in 2008-09 and $140.2 million in 2009‑10. Provision for this funding has already been included in the forward estimates.

Further information can be found in the press release of 16 January 2007 issued by the Minister for the Arts and Sport.

Australian Ballet School — facilities redevelopment

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts 4.6 - - -

The Government will provide $4.6 million in 2007-08 to the Australian Ballet School, including $2.9 million to address occupational health and safety issues in its current facility, and $1.7 million to undertake a detailed business plan and functional design for possible construction of expanded facilities.

Australian Broadband Guarantee — additional funding for Broadband Connect

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts 20.0 - - -

The Government will provide an additional $20.0 million in 2007-08 to the Broadband Connect programme. This will allow for a smooth transition to the Australian Broadband Guarantee programme which commenced in April 2007.

Australian Broadband Guarantee — establishment of broadband blackspot programme

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts 93.5 - - -

The Government will provide $30.1 million in 2006-07 and $112.4 million in 2007-08 to provide subsidised internet access for Australians currently unable to gain a metropolitan-comparable level of broadband service at their principal place of residence or small business.

This measure includes the reallocation of $26.9 million in 2006-07 and $18.9 million in 2007-08 from the Metropolitan Broadband Connect programme.

Australian Broadcasting Corporation — Regional and Local Programming initiative — continuation of funding

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Australian Broadcasting Corporation - - - -

The Government will provide $19.1 million in 2008-09 to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) to continue base funding for the Regional and Local Programming initiative. This will align the funding of this initiative with the ABC’s overall triennial funding arrangements.

The initiative provides funding for regional and local programming in a range of content categories across radio, television and internet platforms.

Provision for this funding has already been included in the forward estimates.

Australian Communications and Media Authority — additional funding

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Australian Communications and Media Authority 2.8 1.5 1.1 0.7
Related capital ($m)
Australian Communications and Media Authority 7.2 3.1 - -
Related revenue ($m)
Australian Communications and Media Authority - 1.0 1.4 1.4

The Government will provide $16.3 million over four years to the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) for:

  • the costs of an increased regulatory role and workload;
  • the continuation of funding and cost recovery arrangements to protect consumers from unexpected high bills from premium telephone services and to prevent children from accessing harmful mobile and online content;
  • the continuation of funding to monitor the availability and performance of regional telecommunications services;
  • the protection of submarine telecommunications cables; and
  • an expanded unsolicited electronic messaging (spam) regulatory regime.

The savings to be achieved over four years from the merger of the Australian Broadcasting Authority and the Australian Communications Authority into ACMA — $5.5 million — will also be directed towards these proposals.

The measure includes capital funding of $10.3 million over two years for the replacement of ACMA’s primary IT business systems.

The cost of this measure will be partly offset by increased revenue of $3.7 million for ACMA from 2008-09 to 2010-11 from its cost recovery function.

Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority — additional funding for investigations

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority 2.2 - - -

The Government will provide $4.5 million over two years (including $2.2 million in 2006-07) to the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA). This will allow ASADA to better investigate doping in sport and, where appropriate, undertake the preparation and prosecution of cases that come before tribunals.

Bundanon Trust — continuation and extension of funding

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts - - - -

The Government will provide $4.6 million over four years to the Bundanon Trust, which manages the Bundanon and Riversdale properties on the New South Wales south coast. The properties were gifted to the nation by Arthur and Yvonne Boyd. The funding will be administered by the Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts through the Cultural Development Programme.

Provision for this funding has already been included in the forward estimates, including $0.7 million over four years to enhance the Bundanon Trust’s collection management and marketing, and to meet additional operating expenses.

Further information can be found in the press release of 17 January 2007 issued by the Minister for the Arts and Sport.

Digital radio — national and community broadcasters

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts 0.1 6.1 2.1 2.1
Australian Broadcasting Corporation nfp nfp nfp nfp
Special Broadcasting Service Corporation nfp nfp nfp nfp
Total 0.1 6.1 2.1 2.1
Related capital ($m)
Australian Broadcasting Corporation nfp nfp nfp nfp
Special Broadcasting Service Corporation nfp nfp nfp nfp
Total nfp nfp nfp nfp

The Government will provide funding for national and community radio broadcasters to commence digital radio broadcasting in the six state capital cities by 1 January 2009.

Provision for a capital injection for equipment for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Special Broadcasting Service digital radio systems, and for funds to cover distribution of the signal to transmission towers and transmission services, will be included in the Contingency Reserve pending finalisation of related tender processes.

The Government will also provide $10.5 million over four years to the Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts to facilitate broadcasting by 40 wide-coverage community stations, including capital and ongoing costs for participation in commercial radio transmission multi-channels.

Healthy Active Australia — continuation and extension of funding for the Active After-school Communities programme

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Australian Sports Commission 20.8 41.6 41.6 20.4

The Government will provide $124.4 million over four years to continue and expand the Active After-school Communities programme, which delivers a national, structured physical activity programme to primary school-aged children.

See also the related expense measures titled Healthy Active Australia in the Health and Ageing, and Education, Science and Training portfolios.

Major performing arts — additional funding

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Australia Council 5.9 6.0 6.1 6.1

The Government will provide additional funding of $24.1 million over four years to major performing arts companies, in a further response to a review of the funding model established by the Major Performing Arts Inquiry in 2000.

The additional funds will assist major performing arts companies to improve their financial sustainability.

Matching funding from state and territory governments will be sought.

National Institute of Dramatic Art — continuation of funding

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts - - - -

The Government will provide $4.8 million over four years to the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) through the Cultural Development Programme administered by the Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts. The funding will enable NIDA to continue to meet ongoing operational costs associated with its Stage II facilities, which were opened in late 2001.

This measure involves funding of $1.2 million per annum for four years from 2007-08. Provision for this funding has already been included in the forward estimates.

Further information can be found in the press release of 18 January 2007 issued by the Minister for the Arts and Sport.

National Portrait Gallery — additional operational funding

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts - 6.2 6.7 6.8
Related capital ($m)
Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts - 1.1 0.2 0.2

The Government will provide $21.2 million over four years to the National Portrait Gallery to allow it to enter into contracts and agreements so that the new gallery building will be fully operational when opened.

This includes capital of $1.5 million to purchase the specialised fit-out required to house portraits and other similar works of art.

See also the related capital measure titled National Portrait Gallery – additional construction funding in the Finance and Administration portfolio.

National Sports Museum — additional funding

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts 4.0 6.0 - -

The Government will provide an additional $10.0 million in 2006-07 for the second stage of the National Sports Museum, including the construction of the Museum entrance and interactive installations at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

The funding will be expensed over the subsequent two years as project milestones are completed, with a fiscal impact of $4.0 million in 2007-08 and $6.0 million in 2008-09.

The Government provided $15.0 million in 2005-06 towards the initial establishment of the National Sports Museum.

Screen media support package

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Australian Taxation Office 65.0 75.0 90.0 90.0
Australian Screen Authority - 11.0 1.2 -3.5
Australian Film, Television and Radio School - 3.0 3.1 3.1
Australian Film Commission - - - -
Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts - - - -
Film Australia Limited - - - -
Total 65.0 89.0 94.2 89.6
Related revenue ($m)
Australian Taxation Office - 11.0 22.0 22.0

The Government will provide $282.9 million over four years to introduce a package of measures to reform and strengthen the Australian screen media industry.

The main element of the package is a new producer tax rebate, by which Australian producers will be eligible for a 40 per cent refundable rebate on feature films and a 20 per cent refundable rebate on other media productions, including television series, documentaries, and mini-series. To be eligible for the rebate, productions will be required to meet criteria, including creative control by Australians, and minimum qualifying expenditure thresholds depending on the type of production. The rebate will apply to expenditure incurred on eligible productions from 1 July 2007.

The producer tax rebate will also include a component for international producers, incorporating the previous refundable film tax offset (RFTO). This will provide a 15.0 per cent rebate for eligible expenditure, compared to the RFTO’s current 12.5 per cent. Eligibility for international producers will be extended beyond the criteria for the RFTO to include post, digital and visual effects production in Australia, where the film itself is not made in Australia and qualifying expenditure exceeds $5.0 million. These enhancements will apply to films for which production commences after 1 July 2007.

The current investor tax incentives available through Division 10BA and Division 10B of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 will be phased out, with no new applications to be accepted after 30 June 2007. This will increase estimated taxation revenue by $55.0 million over three years from 2008-09. The Film Licensed Investment Company scheme will not be renewed beyond its current expiry date of 30 June 2007.

The Government will also provide $9.2 million over three years from 2008-09 to the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS) for the Screen Business Skills Centre and for new multi-platform courses.

The Australian Film Commission (AFC), Film Finance Corporation Australia (FFC) and Film Australia Limited (FAL) will be merged into a new, single agency – the Australian Screen Authority (ASA), scheduled to commence operations from 1 July 2008.

The new agency will be responsible for administering most Government support to the screen media industry, achieving a more strategic approach to film funding in Australia, removing overlaps in functions and providing administrative efficiencies.

The Government will provide funding directly to the new ASA, comprising the current estimated funding for the AFC, FFC and FAL, and additional funding of $8.7 million over three years from 2008-09. Funding of $6.2 million over three years from 2008-09 will be re-allocated from the existing AFC to the AFTRS with the transfer of the research and statistics function. Any efficiencies from the merger will be used by the ASA for increased support for the industry.

The additional Government funding for the ASA and the AFTRS from 2008-09 has been included in the contingency reserve. The funding will be appropriated to the ASA and AFTRS from 2008-09, once the ASA has been established by legislation. In the meantime, the expenses for the Department of Communications Information Technology and the Arts, AFC and FAL have been maintained in their respective estimates.

Small to medium performing arts companies — additional funding

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Australia Council 4.8 4.9 4.9 5.0

The Government will provide $19.5 million over four years to strengthen the small to medium performing arts sector. The increased funding will contribute to the ongoing viability of 60 small to medium performing arts organisations located in cities and regional communities throughout Australia, enabling them to increase activity levels and continue to develop new work productions.

Sydney Cricket Ground — upgrade

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts 15.0 10.0 - -

The Government will provide $25.0 million over two years from 2007-08 towards the construction of a new grandstand at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

This funding is conditional on the New South Wales Government matching the Australian Government contribution.

Further information can be found in the press release of 4 January 2007 issued by the Prime Minister.

Visual Arts and Craft Strategy — extension

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.4

The Government will provide $24.7 million over four years to extend funding for the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, first funded in response to the 2002 Report of the Contemporary Visual Arts and Craft Inquiry.

This funding will be used to provide grants to individuals and organisations to improve the overall performance of the contemporary visual arts and craft sector.

Matching funding will be sought from state and territory governments.