2013-14 New eligible drama expenditure scheme results | ACMA

2013-14 New eligible drama expenditure scheme results

Compliance 2013-14

The subscription television industry spent $36.8 million on Australian and New Zealand drama programs in the 2013-14 financial year. This expenditure met the minimum obligations under the new eligible drama expenditure scheme and is the highest level reported since the scheme commenced in 1995.

The drama expenditure scheme participants fully acquitted the outstanding 2012-13 expenditure obligations of $25.76 million. Participating licensees and channel providers nominated $10.14 million towards the 2013-14 expenditure obligations. However, the industry must still meet an aggregated shortfall requirement of $18.06 million in 2014-15.

The expenditure included invested in feature films such as The Sapphires, Not Suitable for Children, Mental, Save Your Legs!, Oddball and Lore as well as drama series including Wentworth, Devil’s Playground, Old School and upcoming productions Banished, Kerobokan, Maximum Choppage, Precinct 13, The Kettering Incident, House of Hancock and Gallipoli. While children’s drama produced under the scheme this year included Lah Lah’s Adventure, Lost Boys, Mako Mermaids, Monster Beach, Sam Fox: Extreme Adventures and Exchange Student Zero.  

($ mill)

($ mill)

($ mill)

($ mill)

($ mill)

New eligible drama expenditure requirement






Expenditure on new eligible drama                    






Expenditure nominated to make-up previous year's shortfall






Expenditure nominated towards current year's 10 per cent requirement






Remaining obligation to be acquitted in the next financial year 






* The ACMA released revised figures in November 2013 after a NEDE participant re-submitted audited annual returns from 2007-08 to 2010-11.

** A licensee entered administration in January 2011 reducing the required shortfall obligation from 2009-10.

Background: drama channels and providers

In 2013-14 participating drama channels were: 111 Greats, 13 Street, BBC First, Boomerang, Cartoon Network, Cbeebies, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD, Fox Classics, Foxtel Movies, Fox 8, FX, Nickelodeon, SoHo, SCI FI, SyFy, Turner Classic Movies, TV1, TV Hits, UKTV Universal. 

The channel providers participating in the scheme were: BBC Worldwide Australia, Fox International Channels Australia; Foxtel Management; Nickelodeon Australia; The Walt Disney Company Australia; TV1 General Entertainment Partnership, with NBC Universal Global Networks Australia, Turner Broadcasting Systems and Kidsco Limited operating as pass-through providers.

The licensees broadcasting relevant drama channels in 2013-14 were: Foxtel Cable Television, Optus, Selectra (Austar), Telstra and TransACT. 

For the expenditure to qualify under the scheme, the investment must be for a production that meets the definition of 'eligible drama program'. The scheme establishes a requirement to spend on Australian drama programs, however there is no requirement that the drama program be broadcast on a subscription television service.

The Broadcasting Services Act 1992 defines a subscription television drama service as a service devoted predominantly to drama programs. 

Previous new eligible drama expenditure scheme results.

Last updated: 22 November 2017