Screen budget 2020 – no relief for ABC, SBS and agencies

Similar amounts of cash to run the agencies while screen makers continue to agonise over the tax changes.

Despite the chaos of a delayed budget, an instant deficit and COVID-19, the underlying budget process remains stable. The baseline for funding is remarkably flat for the various government agencies. 

The ABC actually spent $1.157 billion in 2019-20, and has been offered $1.134 billion for the current year. SBS is down from  $415 million to $406 million, and that $9 million drop is important. However, SBS has its own revenue streams, so its projects have gone up.

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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.