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TV drama spending in Australia

Amount and proportion of expenditure in Australia by Australian and foreign TV drama productions, 1994/95–2014/15

Next update March 2017

Since the mid-1990s, Australian productions (including co-productions) have generally accounted for more than 80 per cent of TV drama spending in Australia.

Australian TV drama productions tend to spend almost all their budgets here, while for foreign TV drama the proportion is lower. Between 2000/01 and 2009/10 foreign programs spent an average of 68 per cent of their total production budgets in Australia, compared to 91 per cent for Australian productions. Amounts spent overseas by Australian productions relate mainly to animated programs for children.

While foreign TV drama has generally accounted for less than 20 per cent of all TV drama spending in Australia, with the high-budget production The Pacific in 2007/08 it reached 33 per cent.

Since 2000/01, annual spending in Australia on foreign TV drama has fluctuated. In 2007/08, The Pacific allocated $134 million of its $150 million budget to expenditure in Australia, the highest dollar amount since this indicator has been recorded.

TV drama spend in Australia, 1994/95–2014/15

Graph: TV drama spend in Australia, 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)
Australian productions1 Foreign productions2 All productions
1994/95 169 41 210
1995/96 207 31 238
1996/97 231 48 279
1997/98 264 41 305
1998/99 286 63 349
1999/00 347 26 373
Total 94/95–99/00 1,519 252 1,771
Annual av. 94/95–99/00 253 42 295
2000/01 316 77 393
2001/02 291 31 321
2002/03 226 56 286
2003/04 197 30 227
2004/05 202 4 206
2005/06 205 26 232
2006/07 257 29 (+0) 286 (+0)
2007/08 274 134 (+0) 407 (+0)
2008/09 334 1 (+<1) 334 (+<1)
2009/10 295 1 (+0) 296 (+0)
Total 00/01–09/10 2,596 389 (+<1) 2,988 (+<1)
Annual av. 00/01–09/10 260 39 (+<1) 299 (+<1)
2010/11 337 54 392
2011/12 293 8 301
2012/13 374 21 395
2013/14 343 1 345
2014/15 299 21 320
  Share of total TV drama production spend in Australia (%)
Australian productions1 Foreign productions2
1994/95 80% 19%
1995/96 87% 13%
1996/97 83% 17%
1997/98 87% 14%
1998/99 82% 18%
1999/00 93% 7%
Annual av.
94/95–99/00
86% 14%
2000/01 80% 20%
2001/02 90% 10%
2002/03 80% 20%
2003/04 87% 13%
2004/05 98% 2%
2005/06 89% 11%
2006/07 90% 10% (+0%)
2007/08 67% 33% (+0%)
2008/09 100% <1% (+<1%)
2009/10 100% <1% (+0%)
Annual av.
00/01–09/10
87% 13% (+<1%)
2010/11 86% 14%
2011/12 97% 3%
2012/13 95% 5%
2013/14 100% <1%
2014/15 94% 7%
  Proportion of total production budgets spent in Australia
Australian productions1 Foreign productions2, 3 All productions
1994/95 96% 70% 88%
1995/96 99% 62% 88%
1996/97 91% 63% 85%
1997/98 95% 83% 93%
1998/99 88% 74% 85%
1999/00 90% 63% 88%
Annual av. 94/95–99/00 92% 70% 88%
2000/01 90% 53% 79%
2001/02 93% 79% 91%
2002/03 91% 62% 83%
2003/04 91% 79% 89%
2004/05 92% 81% 92%
2005/06 90% 65% 86%
2006/07 93% 60% 88%
2007/08 85% 89% 86%
2008/09 94% 75% 94%
2009/10 93% 3% 89%
Annual av. 00/01–09/10 91% 68% 87%
2010/11 99% 78% 95%
2011/12 88% 61% 87%
2012/13 92% 95% 92%
2013/14 88% 15% 87%
2014/15 90% 67% 88%

Source: Screen Australia.

Notes:
Figures are updated on an ongoing basis therefore there may be some discrepancies with previously published data.
Figures may not total exactly due to rounding.
n.p. Not for publication due to confidentiality reasons.
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. Productions under Australian creative control, including domestic productions, official co-productions and other productions involving shared creative control, i.e. with a mix of Australians in key creative positions.
2. Productions under foreign creative control with a substantial amount shot in Australia.
3. Total budgets for foreign PDV-only titles are not available.

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