Latest News

Back to Latest News back


Screen Producers welcome $50 million Federal Government funding package

Screen Producers welcome $50 million Federal Government funding package
June 25, 2020

Screen Producers Australia (SPA) has today celebrated the Australian Government’s announcement of a $50 million Temporary Interruption Fund to help local screen producers secure finance and get the camera’s rolling.

Welcoming the support for film and television producers, SPA Chief Executive, Matthew Deaner stated “the fund will assist to secure much needed capital to the hundreds of small businesses which make up the independent production sector so that we can start the cameras rolling again and return thousands of workers back to work across the broad range of jobs that our industry creates.

“The benefits of this package will extend far beyond the personnel on a physical set, with flow on effects to related industries such as tourism and hospitality, and the boost to Australia’s export potential, playing an important part in the nation’s economic recovery. Moreover, the Australian public will no doubt celebrate the return of homegrown stories to our screens.

“Our industry was one of the earliest and hardest hit by COVID-19, impacting 120 local productions and affecting over 30,000 working employees, freelancers and contractors. JobKeeper has been an important lifeline which has helped to keep many screen businesses afloat during this turbulent time.

“Combined with the release of the screen industry’s COVID-Safe Guidelines late last month, this fund, part of the Government’s JobMaker plan to support Australia’s valuable creative economy, assists to return our industry to a steady footing to help kick start production and return to the delivery of high quality Australian stories for audiences domestically and abroad.

“I thank the Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, and the Federal Government, for their support of our sector and the close collaboration with industry to develop this fund. Our ongoing partnership is incredibly valuable and appreciated as we look to ways to develop and support our industry now and in the future.

“I would also like to thank See-Saw Films’ Emile Sherman and CJZ’s Nick Murray as well as the many members and supporters who contributed behind the scenes to this work, highlighting and explaining the unique issues our industry has faced during the pandemic as well as developing thoughtful proposals to address the challenges we face.

“I look forward to continuing to work with Government and the soon to be formed Creative Economy Taskforce as the JobMaker plan is implemented over the coming weeks."

The funding has also been welcomed by the Australia Council for the Arts, the Australian Major Performing Arts Group, PAC Australia and the newly formed Live Entertainment Industry Forum.

Images courtesy of Screen Producers Australia.

Related Articles

24th June 2020 - Australian Government announces $250 million Coronavirus rescue package for the arts

23rd June 2020 - MEAA advocate for multi-level support of arts and entertainment sector

12th June 2020 - Live Entertainment Industry Forum welcomes potential easing of restrictions on outdoor sport and entertainment venues

12th June 2020 - Australian Prime Minister moves forward relaxation of Coronavirus rules to allow crowds to return to sport and entertainment

11th June 2020 - Albany Entertainment Centre becomes Western Australia’s first theatre to reopen

9th June 2020 - Industry stakeholders unite to restart sport and entertainment

22nd January 2013 - Live Performance Australia to present the Independent Producers Summit 2013

28th March 2020 - Major entertainment promoters call for Australian Government support through Coronavirus crisis

22nd June 2020 - Bathurst’s Winter Festival 2020 to include Drive in Cinema

27th March 2020 - Challenging times for cinemas with all of Australia’s screens closed

16th October 2019 - Event Cinemas launch new immersive experience for children

31st July 2018 - Cinema audiences struggles as moviegoers turn to online content

11th July 2017 - Cinema chains discount ticket prices in stagnant market

11th May 2018 - Dalian Wanda Group opens world’s largest movie studio

17th July 2017 - Industry executives critical of ‘race to the bottom’ on movie ticket pricing

24th May 2016 - Arthouse cinemagoers also go to mainstream movies

Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.


supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all


Track. Engage. Retain GreeneDesk is a suite of cloud based software solutions helping health clubs, leisure centres and swim schools to effectively track progression, improve customer engagement and…

read more

Aquatics / Billing / Education / Fitness / Technology



Geoff Ninnes Fong & Partners (GNFP) is a structural, aquatic and civil engineering consultancy with broad experience in the design of new municipal and institutional swimming pools, hydrotherapy…

read more

Aquatics / Consultants / Design / Venues



Commercial Aquatics Australia provides aquatic solutions nationwide and is one of the largest and most experienced companies specialising in the design, construction, renovation, service, maintenance…

read more

Aquatics / Design / Play / Waterparks


Felton Industries

Felton Industries is Australia’s leading designer, manufacturer and supplier of quality outdoor furniture and has been supplying premium seating solutions for all sporting, commercial, community…

read more

Parks / Play / Recreation / Sport / Venues


Pricemark Pty Ltd

Pricemark supplies a wide range of custom branded membership & RFID access products for the Health & Leisure Industry. 

read more



BioLab Australia Pty Ltd

BioGuard is Australia and New Zealand’s most trusted supplier of premium, innovative and affordable commercial water treatment systems and chemicals. BioGuard offers a comprehensive range of…

read more

Aquatics / Technology / Waterparks


APT Asia Pacific Pty Ltd

APT (Advanced Polymer Technology) is the leading global manufacturer of polyurethane-based materials, acrylic coatings and synthetic turf products for sporting and recreational applications. From…

read more

Environment / Sport / Surfaces / Technology



About Priava's Technology -  Priava is a cloud-based and centralised venue and event management system aimed at venues of all sizes. With its familiar and easy-to-use web interface, the…

read more

Attractions / Billing / Entertainment / Events / Technology


get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business