Bringing together spectacular locations, world-class studios and a depth of creative talent, Australia is the ideal base for screen production – and post-production. Bolstered by generous government incentives, and Australia’s COVID-19 success, international production is booming and creating new opportunities for creative businesses and talented individuals alike.
A creative country
Since producing the world’s first feature film in 1906, Australia’s screen industry has grown into a centre for world-class talent, both on and off screen.
The sector comprises around 3000 creative businesses working across all facets of film and tv production. We draw from a deep pool of talented local actors, directors, writers producers and crew, and we’re internationally renowned for our offerings in post, sound, music and visual effects production.
Much of this talent is trained at one of our university-based film and television schools, both public and private.
An established network of government agencies and industry organisations – including Screen Australia and Ausfilm – support development, production and promotion as well as the people who make it happen.
- 2,500 creative businesses make up Australia’s film industry
- 18 Academy Award nominations for best actor or best actress
- Co-production treaties or MOUs with 12 countries
A magnet for international production
Australia has long been a prime destination for international productions, who are drawn to our striking and varied locations, world-class studio facilities and generous government incentives.
We’re now winning an even bigger slice of the pie, with 2021 set to be a record year for international production in Australia with 25 international film and TV productions attracted since the Location Incentive grant was announced in July 2018. These productions included Godzilla vs Kong, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Thor: Love and Thunder, Blacklight, Pieces of Her, Young Rock, Thirteen Lives, Escape from Spiderhead and Nautilus.
Australian filmmakers and companies are currently co-creating international productions with global studios, including Nine Perfect Strangers (Hulu) and Clickbait (Netflix).
In 2018, the Australian Government added the Location incentive grant to an already considerable suite of tax incentives to offset production expenditure, positioning Australia as a globally competitive destination to attract international productions to Australia. And while many countries are still struggling to contain COVID-19, Australia’s effective response to the pandemic marks us out as safe and back to business.
Australia has official co-production treaties or MOUs with 13 countries including the United Kingdom, Canada, China, Korea and Malaysia, facilitating economic and creative collaborations.
‘The highly skilled crews, the lifestyle and living environment and Australia’s repsonse to COVID-19 make it a very attractive and secure place to shoot’ – E Bennet Walsh, Executive Producer, Mortal Kombat
State-of-the-art visual effects
Australia’s screen talent isn’t just in front of the camera – we’re also home to world-leading studios creating state-of-the-art visual effects. Australia’s reputation for sophisticated, complex photo-real work has been forged partly through work on iconic franchises like The Avengers, X-Men, The Hunger Games and the Harry Potter films. With a steady pipeline of international production in Australia, it’s no wonder that visual effects pioneer Industrial Light & Magic recently established its newest studio in Sydney.
Animated by Sydney-based creative digital studio Animal Logic, The Lego Movie and The Lego Batman Movie grossed a combined US$779m worldwide
Grants, incentives and support
Generous incentives and grants sweeten the deal for productions in Australia. The Australian Government offers a suite of tax incentives to offset production expenditure:
- The Post, Digital and Visual Effects (PDV) Offset is a 30% rebate for expenditure on post, digital and visual effects work.
- The Location Offset is a 16.5% rebate on expenditure. On top of this, you can apply for a merit-assessed Location Incentive grant of up to 13.5%, bringing the total offset to 30%.
- The Producer Offset is a rebate of up to 40% available to producers of Australian feature films, television and other eligible projects.
- The Australian Children’s Television Foundation (ACTF) provides funding and support to independent producers and writers of quality children's programs.
There’s also support from state, territory and local government screen agencies, which offer a range of grants and incentives that can be combined with federal tax offsets.
These films may not be set in Australia, but they were either filmed here in our amazing locations or studios, or completed visual effects done by our talented digital artists.
Alien: Covenant • Aquaman • Dora and the Lost City of Gold • Godzilla vs Kong • Gravity • Love & Monsters • Mortal Kombat • Pacific Rim • Peter Rabbit 1 and 2 • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings • Star Wars (Episode 2 and 3) • The Lego Movie • Thor: Love & Thunder • Thor: Ragnarok • X Men: Days of Future Past