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Advocacy & public policy

We often make submissions to federal and state governments on issues that affect our members, like copyright and the creative economy.

Inquiry into the Australian Government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Select Committee on COVID-19

The Australian music sector fell off a cliff on 13 March 2020 when the Australian Government made the sensible decision to shut the nation down. Without the ability for artists to play and venues to open around the country, the industry lost billions of dollars in revenue.

COVID-19 has impacted:

  • Artists
  • Australian music exports
  • Venues
  • Night-time economy and future cities
  • Regulation
  • Music educators
  • Bushfire affected regions

Read the full submission to the Select Committee on COVID-19 (PDF, 958kb)

Inquiry into Supporting Australia's Exports and Attracting Investment

Joint Standing Committee on Trade & Investment Growth

Over the last decade the Sounds Australia program has worked to fast track the global success of Australian music by assisting with research, policies and activities in developing and established markets. APRA AMCOS has also organised international co-writing programs for our members, called SongHubs, in Australia and in developing key export markets.

APRA AMCOS and Sounds Australia have identified key factors that could enhance Australian music export opportunities, including:

  • Regulatory reforms in key international markets, particularly relating to visas for touring and overseas based members
  • Copyright law development and enforcement
  • Negotiating a provisional First Exporters visa between the USA and Australia
  • The Australian Government implementing a culture of engaging Australian Music First across all international Government activity, events and promotions

Read the submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Trade & Investment Growth (PDF, 939kb)

The Economic and Cultural Value of Australian Content on Broadcast, Radio and Streaming Services

Senate Standing Committee on Environment and Communications

APRA AMCOS recognises the important role that Australian creative content has in shaping Australia's identity and character, and strongly supports the promotion of Australian music across all media. The Australian music industry also makes a significant contribution to the economy.

APRA AMCOS’ strong view is that local content requirements continue to remain highly relevant to the Australian broadcast media landscape; and advocates that the Australian content requirements that currently apply to the various broadcast sectors be neither removed nor decreased.

Audio and audio-visual streaming services are not currently subject to any Australian content requirements. Given the ongoing shift in Australian consumers away from traditional media to subscription streaming services, this is concerning.

Read the full submission, The Economic and Cultural Value of Australian Content on Broadcast, Radio and Streaming Services (PDF, 898kb)