"We will see within one generation meaningful roles in Australian films taken up by overseas actors"
As the government reviews this process, producers and other entertainment groups are lobbying for the Arts Minister and the MEAA to be removed from the equation. But the union is fighting proposed changes by the government.
Zoe Angus, the MEAA's Actors Equity director, said they include removing a certification process that ensures 50 percent of lead roles and 75 percent of supporting roles in films that receive government funding are played by Australian actors.
"With no consultation, no transparency around the process, the government is proposing entirely dismantling 25 years of industry protection."