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SAVE SPACES FOR AUSSIE FACES What do the proposed changes to the Performers Certification Scheme look like? Type of production

Current situation

Government’s proposal

Film Australian taxpayer-funded feature film under $2.5 million For example Look Both Ways

Needs 60% foreign finance to allow one overseas actor

Australian taxpayer-funded feature films below $4m would only need 20% to bring in one overseas performer

Australian taxpayer-funded feature films between $2.5m - $7.5m For example Animal Kingdom

Needs 30% foreign finance to allow one overseas actor and one support or cameo

Australian taxpayer-funded feature films between $4m - $12m only need 20% to bring in one overseas performer and one support or cameo

Australian taxpayer-funded feature film over $7.5m. For example Tomorrow, When the War Began

Needs 30% foreign finance to allow one overseas actor, one support and a cameo

Australian taxpayer-funded feature films over $12m would only need 20% to bring in one overseas performer, one support and a cameo

Productions supported by the Australian tax system For example Australia

Needs 30% foreign finance to allow one overseas actor, one support and a cameo

No restriction on imports

Foreign productions For example The Matrix, Terra Nova

Must provide opportunities for Australians and spend more money in Australia than on overseas performers

No restriction on imports

Short films

Rarely, if ever, able to import

No longer included and therefore could import at will

Australian taxpayer-funded telemovies and miniseries For example BlackJack, Offspring, Rake, Hawke, Halifax fp, Underbelly

Needs 60-30% foreign finance to allow one overseas actor and one support and/or cameo

As a guide, subsidised telemovies over $2m would only need 20% to bring in one overseas performer and one support or cameo

ABC and SBS funded productions without any other subsidy For example Angry Boys

Needed 60-30% foreign finance

All ABC and SBS productions could hire overseas performers without restriction

Australian commercial broadcaster series For example Packed to the Rafters

Rarely, if ever, able to import

No restriction on imports

Australian serials For example Neighbours and Home Away

Rarely, if ever, able to import

No restriction on imports

Television commercials

Rarely, if ever, able to import

No longer included and therefore could import at will

Web and mobile phone content

Rarely, if ever, able to import

No longer included and therefore could import at will

Reality programs and infotainment programs For example Thank God You’re Here

Rarely, if ever, able to import

No restriction on imports

Every other Australian production

Must meet foreign finance threshold or ethnic or special requirement clause

Would simply need to demonstrate that there are “employment opportunities for Australian performers and crew” to import an overseas performer

Television

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