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Guidelines
PRE-2011 PROJECTS: THE 'OLD RULES'
GUIDELINES AND SUPPORTING MATERIAL

Do the 'old rules' apply to you?

The Australian Government’s 2011/12 Budget included a number of proposed reforms to the Producer Offset. Legislation to enact the proposed reforms was introduced into Parliament on 22 September 2011 and came into effect following the Royal Assent of the Tax Laws Amendment (2011 Measures No. 7) Act 2011.

However, the 'old rules' still apply if your project:

  • started pre-production before 1 July 2011, or
  • has Screen Australia funding which was approved (ie a letter of approval was issued) before 1 July 2011.

If your project meets one of the criteria above, please contact POCU on +61 2 8113 1042.

Final certification under the 'old rules'

The Producer Offset is paid through the Australian company tax system after a project is completed and Screen Australia has issued the production company with a Final Certificate. Your application for a Final Certificate provides the basis for calculating the payment of the offset by the Australian Taxation Office.

You can only apply for a Final Certificate after the film is completed, all expenditure has ceased and the project has evidence of distribution.

Please allow 12 weeks for a completed final application to be assessed and the final certificate to be issued (this may be longer if Screen Australia receives an incomplete application and needs to chase up paperwork). 

Please contact POCU for the QAPE spreadsheet.​