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Trade in screen content

Total value of trade in royalties arising from imports and exports of cinema, television, video (Blu-ray, DVD and VHS) and multimedia releases, 1991/92–2014/15

Next update April 2017


Since 1991/92, Australia has recorded an annual deficit in audiovisual trade, apart from one year: in 2000/01, audiovisual royalties earned by SOCOG (the Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games) contributed more than $1 billion to the balance of trade, creating Australia’s first ever audiovisual trade surplus ($552 million).

The US is the primary source of imported audiovisual content, accounting for more than half of imports between 2005/06 and 2014/15.

Unlike imports, the value and proportions of Australian exports during this time have fluctuated. As a market for Australian audiovisual content, the UK is slightly ahead of the US, accounting for 23 per cent of audiovisual export value compared to 15 per cent.

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Total value of royalty trade in cinema, TV, video and multimedia releases, 2005/06–2014/15

Graph: Total value of trade in royalties, 1991/92-2014/15. Table below has the data.

2005/06–2014/15

  Exports ($m) Imports ($m) Deficit ($m)
US UK Other All US UK Other All
Proportion
2005/06–2014/15
15% 23% 63% 100% n.p. 13% n.p. 100%  
2005/06 63 39 113 215 -519 -74 -276 -869 -654
2006/07 35 55 79 169 -558 -85 -281 -924 -755
2007/08 28 39 186 253 -537 -93 -353 -983 -730
2008/09 27 32 100 159 -733 -120 -501 -1,354 -1,195
2009/10 23 32 86 141 -641 -146 -320 -1,107 -966
2010/11 17 56 93 166 -659 -187 -357 -1,203 -1,037
2011/12 18 42 129 189 -707 -185 -359 -1,254 -1,065
2012/13 20 42 109 171 n.p. -190 n.p. -1,376 -1,205
2013/14 25 44 130 199 -770 -199 -390 -1,359 -1,160
2014/15 21 41 150 212 -921 -250 -367 -1,538 -1,326

Source: Unpublished data from Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), Balance of Payments and International Investment Position (cat. no. 5302.0).

Notes:
Methodology differs from 1991/92–2004/05 data.

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1991/92–2004/05

  Exports ($m) Imports ($m) Deficit ($m)
1991/92 63 -421 -358
1992/93 86 -406 -320
1993/94 86 -451 -365
1994/95 107 -473 -366
1995/96 135 -505 -370
1996/97 167 -484 -317
1997/98 147 -623 -476
1998/99 175 -670 -495
1999/00 217 -721 -504
2000/011 1,226 -674 552
2001/02 127 -777 -650
2002/03 211 -732 -521
2003/04 205 -776 -571
2004/05 149 -867 -718

Source: Unpublished data from Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), Balance of Payments and International Investment Position (cat. no. 5302.0).
Data revised by the ABS December 2006: 2000/01 export figures as reported by the ABS at June 2006.

Notes:
1. The figure for export royalties in 2000/01 is particularly high due audiovisual royalties earned by SOCOG (the Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games).

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