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Drama production spending by state

Expenditure in Australia and share of all feature films and TV drama productions by location of spending in Australia, 1994/95–2014/15

Next update March 2017

Overall, NSW has accounted for around half of all drama production spending since 1994/95. This fluctuates according to the level of major expenditure by foreign or high-budget local productions in any given year. The largest proportion of drama production activity in 2014/15 occurred in NSW (38 per cent), with strong expenditure by foreign PDV-only titles, The LEGO® Batman Movie and Ninjago. Other major NSW-based productions included US feature film Truth, domestic film 2:22 and returning seasons of A Place to Call Home, Love Child  and Home and Away as well as  the TV drama co-production, Cleverman.

Victoria has fairly consistently accounted for around 20-30 per cent of drama spending, with fluctuations mainly caused by foreign productions. Victorian activity contributed 28 per cent of total production expenditure in 2014/15. This was driven by PDV-only activity for US feature film Ted 2, along with both shoot and post for US TV drama Childhood’s End.

Queensland’s slate is considerably affected by the presence of foreign productions, which usually account for a substantial proportion of total expenditure in the state on an annual basis. Queensland’s share rose to 28 per cent in 2014/15, boosted by strong foreign feature film expenditure on  Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead men Tell No Tales (US).

South Australia’s share of drama expenditure was fairly steady from 2006/07–2011/12, after peaking in 2005/06. Activity in South Australia is predominantly in the local slate, with annual production of McLeod’s Daughters between 2000/01 and 2007/08 supplemented by local features such as December Boys and Lucky Miles in 2005/06. After two record years, activity scaled back in 2014/15 as work continued on projects from the previous year’s slate, including the mini-series Deadline Gallipoli and PDV for Gods of Egypt and Pan.

Expenditure in Western Australia is mainly related to the local and co-production slate, with children’s productions comprising a significant proportion of activity, including Foreign Exchange and Parallax in 2003/04, Lockie Leonard and Sleepover Club in 2005/06, and Stormworld in 2007/08. Activity in Western Australia during 2014/15 included domestic features Red Dog: True Blue and Looking for Grace.

Production activity in Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory in 2014/15 was at a record high. Tasmania attracted local TV drama The Kettering Incident, Lion  and US-feature The Light Between Oceans. The ACT had three features, Blue World Order, Joe Cinque’s Consolation and Salt Bridge.

 

Graph: State share of spending, 1994/95-2014/15. Table below has the data.

Notes:
Foreign productions undertaking only PDV in Australia have been included since 2006/07.


Figures preceded by '+' are for foreign productions undertaking only PDV work in Australia.

  Spend in Australia ($m)
NSW Qld SA Vic WA ACT, Tas, NT1 Total
1994/95 157 57 10 76 0 5 305
1995/96 125 132 4 106 19 1 386
1996/97 185 107 12 118 1 3 426
1997/98 313 80 6 102 20 <0.1 520
1998/99 290 100 21 150 3 0 564
1999/00 358 80 8 128 4 2 580
2000/01 304 124 32 144 4 3 610
2001/02 353 109 16 178 6 0 662
2002/03 141 190 13 150 11 1 507
2003/04 479 53 17 115 13 2 678
2004/05 267 76 37 167 9 2 557
2005/06 122 52 31 135 23 3 366
2006/07 287 (+3) 148 23 (+5) 149 (+2) 11 6 625 (+9)
2007/08 246 (+3) 136 25 (+8) 256 (+1) 22 1 686 (+13)
2008/09 451 (+4) 47 18 (+14) 166 (+<1) 18 4 704 (+18)
2009/10 189 (+8) 224 21 (+1) 277 (+1) 23 1 735 (+10)
2010/11 257 140 20 136 82 561
2011/12 373 66 17 223 15 1 694
2012/13 431 23 50 226 22 4 756
2013/14 353 129 74 265 14 9 844
2014/15 319 238 14 233 13 20 837
  Share of production expenditure in Australia (%)
NSW Qld SA Vic WA ACT, Tas, NT1 Total
1994/95 51% 19% 3% 25% 0% 2% 100%
1995/96 32% 34% 1% 27% 5% <1% 100%
1996/97 43% 25% 3% 28% <1% 1% 100%
1997/98 60% 15% 1% 20% 4% <1% 100%
1998/99 51% 18% 4% 26% 1% 0% 100%
1999/00 62% 14% 1% 22% 1% <1% 100%
2000/01 50% 20% 5% 24% 1% 1% 100%
2001/02 53% 16% 2% 27% 1% 0% 100%
2002/03 28% 37% 3% 30% 2% <1% 100%
2003/04 71% 8% 2% 17% 2% <1% 100%
2004/05 48% 14% 7% 30% 2% <1% 100%
2005/06 33% 14% 8% 37% 6% 1% 100%
2006/07 45% (+1%) 23% 4% (+1%) 23% (+<1%) 2% 1% 99% (+1%)
2007/08 35% (+<1%) 19% 4% (+1%) 37% (+<1%) 3% <1% 98% (+2%)
2008/09 62% (+1%) 6% 2% (+2%) 23% (+<1%) 3% 1% 97% (+3%)
2009/10 25% (+1%) 30% 3% (+<1%) 37% (+<1%) 3% <1% 99% (+1%)
2010/11 46% 25% 3% 24% 1%2 100%
2011/12 54% 10% 2% 32% 2% <1% 100%
2012/13 57% 3% 7% 30% 3% 1% 100%
2013/14 42% 15% 9% 31% 2% 1% 100%
2014/15 38% 28% 2% 28% 1% 2% 100%

Source: Screen Australia.

Notes:
Figures may not total exactly due to rounding.
Spending in Australia may include some expenditure on foreign production elements – for example, fees for non-Australian actors or other individuals while working in Australia. Likewise, spending in a particular state may include fees for elements from outside the state, such as foreign or interstate cast or crew.
Figures preceded by '+' are for foreign productions undertaking only PDV work in Australia. Foreign productions undertaking only PDV in Australia have been included since 2006/07. Foreign shoot and PDV-only figures have been combined from 2010/11 onwards due to confidentiality reasons.
1. Figures for the ACT, Tasmania and the Northern Territory have been combined for confidentiality reasons.
2. Figures for WA, ACT, Tasmania and the Northern Territory have been combined for confidentiality reasons.

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