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All co-production projects must obtain Provisional Approval. Provisional Approval is not an optional stage for a co-production, as it is for the Producer Offset.

An application is lodged by each co-producer with their Competent Authority and when all Competent Authorities are satisfied that the project is eligible, the Competent Authorities grant approval.

You should lodge a Provisional Co-production Application Form once you are in a position to provide:

  • a detailed budget including a breakdown of Australian spend
  • a detailed schedule
  • a breakdown of the nationality of participants
  • documentation (of at least Letter of Interest level) for each aspect of the finance plan and the co-production split
  • a draft Co-producers’ Agreement, and
  • any agreements related to the project’s development you have in place.

You will also need to provide a Statutory Declaration to certify the accuracy of all the details contained within the application, a completed Co-production Eligibility Tool (download at right) and an ‘undertaking’ which is attached to the Application Form.

How long does it take?

Screen Australia aims to assess Provisional Co-production Applications within six weeks of receipt of a complete application. However, it is important to remember that co-production approval can only be granted once all the relevant Competent Authorities have approved the project so you should ensure your co-producer is lodging an application to its Competent Authority at the same time.

If you need Provisional Certification for the Producer Offset...

You may also submit an application for a Producer Offset Provisional Certificate at the same time – for example, if you wish to confirm eligibility for the 40 per cent Offset as a feature, or obtain an assessment of estimated QAPE, particularly relevant if the Offset forms part of your finance plan.

Co-productions don’t need to be assessed for significant Australian content (SAC) so a special-purpose form is used:

Note that we cannot issue a Producer Offset Provisional Certificate until the project’s provisional co-production status has been approved.

If you don’t need Provisional Offset certification, only Form A need be lodged.

Reassessment of Provisional Approval

Your project may continue to evolve after you have received Provisional Approval. You can use the Co-production Eligibility Tool to monitor the likely effect of any changes on your co-production status, but keep in mind that it is not determinative.

If you feel the changes will affect your Provisional Approval, you can contact Screen Australia for a reassessment. If the project’s eligibility is confirmed, we will issue a letter to that effect.