Australia

Funding bodies

Fund Goal

Screen Australia is the Australian Government’s major screen agency and administrator of the Producer Offset of up to 40% for feature films and 20% for TV and other eligible formats. We finance innovative and high-quality film and TV projects, and develop content, enterprises and talent. We conduct...

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Fund Goal

Screen Tasmania seeks to enable and increase production activity in Tasmania in order to build industry sustainability, generate employment, and increase revenue streams for production companies.

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Fund Goal

Screenwest provides production financing for feature films and television drama with strong market attachments and narrative cross-media projects with significant third party funding and broad audience reach.

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Fund Goal

The South Australian Film Corporation (SAFC) is South Australia's lead agency for the development, support and promotion of the state's screen production sector. SAFC provides unique opportunities for international, national and local producers to create and deliver a diverse slate of feature film,...

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Fund Goal

To support Queensland practitioners to produce high quality screen content with audience appeal. To support production activity in Queensland of projects that are commercially focused and that enhance professional development of Queensland practitioners.

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Fund Goal

Film Victoria aim to increase screen activity in Victoria and be a responsive advocate for the screen industry through funding the production and development of screen content, in order to help develop and strengthen the Victorian screen industry.

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Fund Goal

Screen NSW is a statutory authority established to assist, promote and strengthen the screen industry in NSW so as to promote Australia’s cultural identity, encourage employment in all aspects of screen production, encourage investment in the industry, enhance the industry’s export potential, encourage...

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Fund Goal

To develop policies and deliver programs that encourage excellence in the arts, help to protect our cultural heritage and support public access to and participation in, arts and culture in Australia.

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Regulation

Only qualifying New Zeland passport-holders are exempt from visa requirements to enter Australia. 
For more details please consult: http://www.australia.gov.au/help-and-contact/faqs/visas-and-immigration

A filming permit may be required if you are:

  • Filming in public locations such as streets, national parks or cultural sites which are controlled by local Council, State or Federal Government agencies
  • Filming on major roads or highways controlled by the NSW Roads and Traffic Authority
  • Using firearms, pyrotechnics or explosives

Accepts ATA Carnets. Duties 0-17.5%

GST (Goods and Services Tax) is similar to the European Union’s VAT system, requiring re-calculation and payments to the tax authorities at each transaction point in the onward sales chain. GST = 10%

Copyright protects:

  • textual material (“literary works”) such as journal articles, novels, screenplays, poems, song lyrics and reports
  • computer programs (a sub-category of “literary works”)
  • compilations (another sub-category of “literary works”) such as anthologies – the selection and arrangement of material may be protected separately from the individual items contained in the compilation
  • artistic works such as paintings, drawings, cartoons, sculpture, craft work, architectural plans, buildings, photographs, maps and plans
  • dramatic works such as choreography, screenplays, plays and mime pieces
  • musical works: that is, the music itself, separately from any lyrics or recording;
  • cinematograph films: the visual images and sounds in a film, video or DVD are protected separately from any copyright in works recorded on the film or video, such as scripts and music
  • sound recordings: the particular recording itself is protected by copyright, in addition to, for example, the music or story that is recorded
  • broadcasts: TV and radio broadcasters have a copyright in their broadcasts, which is separate from the copyright in the films, music and other material which they broadcast
  • published editions: publishers have copyright in their typographical arrangements, which is separate from the copyright in works reproduced in the edition (such as poems or illustrations or music)
Something that is a literary, dramatic, musical or artistic work for copyright purposes will be protected if it is “original”, meaning that the work isn't a mere copy of something else. Copyright generally lasts for the life of the creator plus 70 years and where duration depends on year of publication, it lasts until 70 years after it is first published.

Coproduction treaties

Professional Associations

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