It was up from $18.4m the previous year to $26.4m.
Productions included The King, Satisfaction, Stupid Stupid Man and the third series of Love My Way.
ACMA found 17 drama channels had met their 2005-06 expenditure obligations, required for local content: Boomerang, Cartoon Network, Turner Classic Movies, Hallmark Channel, Disney Channel, Playhouse Disney, Fox 8, Fox Classics, Movie Extra, Movie Greats, Movie One, Nickelodeon, Showtime, Showtime Greats, TV1, SCI FI and UKTV.
‘The subscription television industry is a major supporter of Australian drama production,’ said Chris Chapman, ACMA Chairman. ‘This investment in Australian drama enhances viewer choice and access to Australian drama. It also provides opportunities for Australians to create and participate in a wide variety of productions, including feature films such as Romulus My Father and September, telemovies such as The King and drama series such as Love My Way-Series 3 and Satisfaction.’