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Discussion paper

Streaming Services Reporting and Investment Scheme discussion paper

The Australian government is seeking views on the proposed Streaming Services Reporting and Investment Scheme. This discussion paper outlines the proposed design of the scheme, and seeks stakeholder comments on its key components, including definitions, structure and scope.
Working paper

Australian Television Drama Index, 1999-2019

This paper examines changes in the production and commissioning of Australian television drama from 1999–2019, a period marked by notable changes in the business of television in Australia and globally.

Digital Media Research Centre submission to the Supporting Australian stories on our screens options paper

This submission to the Supporting Australian Stories on Our Screens options paper has been prepared by staff from the Digital Media Research Centre at the Queensland University of Technology.
Discussion paper

Supporting Australian stories on our screens: options paper

In response to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s ACCC Digital Platforms Inquiry, the government requested that Screen Australia and the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) co-author this options paper considering how to best support Australian stories on our screens in a modern, multi-platform...

Australian content in SVOD catalogs: availability and discoverability - 2019 edition

This is the third in a series of annual reports into local content availability and discoverability on subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) services in Australia. This year’s report is notable for the addition of Amazon Prime Video, which has a distinctive catalog structure that presents several research...

Economic and cultural value of Australian content on broadcast, radio and streaming services

This inquiry report outlines the current state and operation of the Australian television and music industry, including competition issues relating to the relative market power of producers and broadcasters for traditional, streaming and 'catch- up' viewing.

Australian content in SVOD catalogs: availability and discoverability - 2018 edition

This report examines the availability and discoverability of Australian film and television content on Netflix and Stan. It builds on findings from a 2017 pilot study, produced for the Department of Communications’ Australian Screen and Children’s Content Review.
Audio interview

Without ad revenue, there won't be local content: Quentin Dempster talks ACCC new media investigation

Former ABC journalist, Quentin Dempster, says the federal government should implement a local content quota for Australian television.

Local content in regional Australia: 2017 report

Examines the availability and consumption of local content and local news in regional Australia.
Fact sheet

Protecting local content in regional Australia

To bring our media ownership laws into the digital era, the Government has announced the most significant reforms to Australian media regulation in a generation. As part of the changes, the Government is introducing measures that will protect and enhance the amount of local television...

Documentary production in Australia, 2009: A collection of key data

Documentary production in Australia reached an 11-year high in 2006/07. A total of 406 hours (196 titles) were produced, with production budgets totalling $97.2 million, compared to a yearly average of 306 hours and $65.4 million. Production companies made an annual average of 202 hours...

Social innovation, user-created content and the future of the ABC and SBS as public service media

In their submission to the ABC and SBS Review, currently in progress, Stuart Cunningham and Terry Flew argue that how national public broadcasters respond to changes in the media environment arising from digitisation, convergence and changing societal needs and expectations can be best understood as...