Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced a $400 million, seven-year incentive designed to encourage film studios to shoot big-budget films in Australia.
The incentive will combine with lucrative tax offset rates to encourage international filmmakers to base their productions out of Australian studios, such as those on the Gold Coast.
The result, Mr Morrison said, will be hundreds of job for Australians working in peripheral film roles such as carpenters, lighting technicians, local actors, set designers, extras, crews and special effects experts.
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"This investment is key to our JobMaker plan to create jobs, boost local business activity, and provide training and skills," the prime minister said.
"Behind these projects are thousands of workers that build and light the stages, that feed, house and cater for the huge cast and crew and that bring the productions to life.
"This is backing thousands of Australians who make their living working in front of the camera and behind the scenes in the creative economy."
The incentive has been forecast to attract $3 billion in foreign expenditure and 8000 new jobs annually.
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Employment Minister Michaelia Cash said the number of businesses supporting the screen industry in Australia is far more wide-ranging than those building sets.
"As Australians, what we see is the final result of a production," Ms Cash said.
"And we don't necessarily remind ourselves there are thousands and thousands of small businesses that really are the building block to get to that final production.
"Thousands and thousands of small local businesses are part of the screen industry, and as the prime minister said, this is about providing a pipeline of work."
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