The Australian Government has released a Media Policy Statement outlining a range of measures to progress reforms to the media sector.
Media Policy Statement PDF: 660 KB
Media Policy Statement DOCX: 320 KB
The Statement represents the Government's response to the Media Reform Green Paper process that was initiated in late 2020.
The measures fall under three 'themes': Modernising the free-to-air television market; supporting Australian content; and enhancing regional news services.
Modernising the free-to-air television market
The measures announced in the Statement will provide an important launch pad for modernising the Australian free-to-air television market, and include:
- A $7.3 million Television Research and Policy Development Program, including a Future of Broadcasting Working Group. The Working Group, to be established in early 2022, will provide a forum to progress issues relating to broadcasting technologies, including spectrum planning and consumer impacts.
- The extension of transitional support to eligible regional commercial broadcasters for two additional years.
Fact sheet—Television Research and Policy Development Program PDF:156 KB
Fact sheet—Television Research and Policy Development Program DOCX: 143 KB
Fact sheet—Extending transitional support for eligible commercial broadcasters PDF: 134 KB
Fact sheet—Extending transitional support for eligible commercial broadcasters DOCX: 138 KB
Supporting Australian Content
The Statement proposes a Streaming Services Reporting and Investment Scheme to incentivise large subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) services to invest in Australian content.
You can Have Your Say on what this scheme should include before 24 April 2022.
The Statement also announced:
- a National Broadcasters Reporting Framework to provide the Government and the public with enhanced information on the provision of Australian content by the ABC and SBS; and
- a recalibrated drama expenditure requirement for subscription television broadcasters.
Fact sheet—Streaming Services Reporting and Investment Scheme PDF: 125 KB
Fact sheet—Streaming Services Reporting and Investment Scheme DOCX: 143 KB
Factsheet 4 - National Broadcasters funding and reporting PDF: 211 KB
Factsheet 4 - National Broadcasters funding and reporting DOCX: 146 KB
Enhancing regional news services
The Government has announced a $10 million Journalist Fund to support the provision of public interest journalism in regional Australia. The funding will assist organisations to hire new cadet journalists and to upskill existing journalists.
More information about the Journalist Fund can be found at www.infrastructure.gov.au/Journalistfund.
An independent, technical report on matters relevant to the spectrum aspects of the Media Reform Green Paper is also available.
The 2021 Media Content Consumption Survey on the media content behaviours of Australians has also been released.
Applications for stream 1: Cadetships - of the Journalist Fund are now open with Grants to support regional media organisations to hire new cadet journalists on offer for successful applicants.
The Australian Government has announced a total of $10 million (GST exclusive) in grants to support the provision of public interest journalism in regional Australia. A total of $8 million is available for hiring cadets and $2 million is available for upskilling journalists.
Grant funding is available through two funding streams:
- stream 1: Cadetships—will support eligible regional media organisations to hire new cadet journalists who will be funded for two years.
- stream 2: Training—Funds to support regional media organisations to upskill existing journalists. Guidelines for stream 2 training grants will be released separately.
Eligible grant activities include:
- The selection and onboarding of a new cadet journalist
- The employment of a new cadet journalist
Opportunities to apply for the $2 million Training stream (stream 2) of the Journalist Fund will be announced following the opening of the present Cadetship grant funding.
Applications for stream 1 are now open and will close 5pm (AEDT) on 20 April 2022.
Guidelines are now available and can be found at GrantConnect.
- Frequently asked questions – Journalist Fund (Cadetship Stream) PDF: 212 KB
- Frequently asked questions – Journalist Fund (Cadetship Stream) DOCX: 130 KB
- Fact sheet—Journalist Fund
- Fact sheet—Journalist Fund PDF 138 KB
- Fact sheet—Journalist Fund DOCX 142 KB
The Journalist Fund, will support the provision of public interest journalism in regional Australia.