Industry wins on screen legislation – how it happened

History is made as the industry wins its desperate fight to erase the toxins from the tax reform bill.
Roof of Parliament House

Bashed, bloodied and gutted, the final version of The Treasury Laws Amendment (2021 Measures No 5) Bill 2021 got through the House of Representatives at 4.30pm on Thursday December 1 2021.

The rebate for television production has risen from 20% to 30%. Almost everything else has been removed. The legislation is back-dated to June 2021, providing continuity to contracts and budgets. Producers and their bankers have every reason to break out the champagne.

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David Tiley was the Editor of Screenhub from 2005 until he became Content Lead for Film in 2021 with a special interest in policy. He is a writer in screen media with a long career in educational programs, documentary, and government funding, with a side order in script editing. He values curiosity, humour and objectivity in support of Australian visions and the art of storytelling.