Popular streaming services like Netflix may soon be forced to produce Australian shows as a government inquiry is currently looking at introducing local quotas, Sydney Morning Herald reports.
Federal Department of Communications reps attended the inquiry into the sustainability of the film and television industry last Friday.
The representatives were asked "what a responsible quota" would look like for Australian content on streaming services.
"We recognise that the system we currently have in place is probably not contemporary for our environment, and what we're really starting to grapple with is the online space," said Carolyn Patteson, content head at the department.
She went on to claim that her department is currently looking into the issue and will have an answer by the end of the year.
She added: "This goes to [the question of how] do we make sure … it's platform-neutral, for want of a better description, and should there be quotas applied to the online environment."
The current quota for free-to-air television in Australia is 55 per cent local content between 6am and midnight.
Streaming services do not have such requirements but this could soon change.
Stan's head of content, Nick Forward told Fairfax that "in the coming year we will double our output of Stan original productions".
He added: "We are encouraged to see the Government working to ensure the production of great Australian content remains sustainable."
When asked for a comment by SMH, Netflix declined but did point out that they currently have a range of Aussie content that they had licensed from the ABC and other networks.
They also expressed that they distribute homegrown content in foreign territories.