Australian Government, 2012‑13 Budget

Part 1: Revenue Measures (Continued)

Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy

Broadcast licence fees — rebate extension

Revenue ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15 2015‑16
Australian Taxation Office 11.0 3.0 ‑4.0
Australian Communications and Media Authority ‑80.0
Total — Revenue ‑80.0 11.0 3.0 ‑4.0

The Government will extend the 50 per cent television licence fee rebate for commercial broadcasters by six months until 30 June 2012. This measure is estimated to have a cost to revenue of $70.0 million over the forward estimates period.

The extension from 1 January 2012 acknowledges that the appropriate model for allocation and pricing of radiofrequency spectrum was under review until the end of March 2012.

The Government will consider the appropriate settings for television licence fees from 1 July 2012 in its response to the Convergence Review's Final Report.

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