Screen Australia

Screen Australia is the Australian Federal Government's key funding body for the Australian screen production industry.

Screen Australia
Agency overview
Formed2008 (2008)

It was created under the Screen Australia Act 2008[1], and from 1 July 2008 took over the functions of its predecessor agencies the Australian Film Commission (AFC), the Film Finance Corporation Australia (FFC) and Film Australia Limited.[2]

Across its various departments, Screen Australia supports the development, production, promotion and distribution of Australian narrative and documentary screen content[3]. In October 2019, Screen Australia reported the agency had supplied nearly AUD$76 million in direct funding to the screen sector.[4] The agency also administers the tax rebate for the production of Australian screen content called the Producer Offset[5]. The other rebates which complete the 'Australian Screen Production Incentive' suite are maintained by the Department of Communications and the Arts[6].

In 2004 it founded the Message Sticks Indigenous Film Festival, with its inauguration at the Sydney Opera House.[7]

The agency has been a vocal supporter of female-filmmakers through its Gender Matters program[8][9] and the Indigenous screen community[10][11].

Screen Australia maintains a public database of Australian drama (narrative) and documentary works called The Screen Guide.

Screen Australia's funding was cut in both the 2014 and 2015 federal budgets, by AU$38 million in 2014 and by AU$3.6 million over four years beginning from 2015.[12][13]

Screen Australia was forced to write off a $670,000 investment in SBS documentary Once Upon a Time in Carlton when the broadcaster declined to air or release the production, becoming the first time that a Screen Australia investment was not realised.[14]

See also


  1. Communications. "Screen Australia Act 2008". Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  2. "Screen Australia".
  3. "What we do - About us". Screen Australia. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  4. "Drama Report 2018/19: Spend on Australian titles hits all-time high | Media centre". Screen Australia. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  5. "Producer Offset - Funding and Support". Screen Australia. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  6. Arts, Department of Communications and the (5 August 2016). "Australian Screen Production Incentive". Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  7. "Screen Australia's Indigenous Department celebrates 25 years". Screen Australia. 4 June 2018. Retrieved 20 November 2019.
  8. "Screen Australia exceeds Gender Matters target and announces new KPI | Media centre". Screen Australia. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  9. Quinn, Karl (20 August 2019). "Women making strides on screen, but still a long way to go behind camera". The Age. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  10. "Screen Australia's Indigenous Department turns 25 | Media centre". Screen Australia. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  11. Purcell, Charles (6 August 2018). "At last, the work of Australia's Indigenous filmmakers is paying off". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  12. White, Dominic (13 May 2015). "Producers baulk at 2015 federal budget Screen Australia cuts". Australian Financial Review. Retrieved 13 May 2015.
  13. Quinn, Karl (13 May 2015). "Screen Australia budget cut brings agency's funding down 16 per cent in 12 months". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  14. Knox, David (7 June 2019). "7 year saga: SBS abandons Carlton documentary". TV Tonight.

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