Part 1: Revenue Measures (continued)
Communications and the Arts
Broadcast Licence Fees — reduction
|Australian Communications and Media Authority||‑||‑48.4||‑48.4||‑48.4||‑48.4|
|Australian Taxation Office||‑||‑||10.0||10.0||10.0|
|Total — Revenue||‑||‑48.4||‑38.4||‑38.4||‑38.4|
The Government will reduce licence fees for commercial television and radio broadcasters by approximately 25 per cent applicable from the 2015‑16 licence period. This measure is estimated to have a cost to revenue of $163.6 million over the forward estimates period. This incorporates the effect of lower tax deductions resulting from the lower fees paid by broadcasters.
This licence fee relief is a result of the Government's review of broadcast licence fee arrangements, which found that the rapidly changing media market was placing significant financial pressure on commercial broadcasters. The Government will continue to consider appropriate levels of licence fees as part of its broader reforms to broadcasting and spectrum policy.