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Temporary Interruption Fund (TIF)

The Temporary Interruption Fund (TIF) is a $50 million fund made available by the Australian Government and administered by Screen Australia. 

The aim of TIF is to support local productions that have been halted by insurers not providing coverage for COVID-19.

The TIF will provide coverage to film and television productions for specific events relating to COVID-19 that could occur in Australia during the last two weeks of pre-production and the period of principal photography. 

Screen Australia’s total liability under TIF for a production will be capped at 60% of the total budget, or $4 million, whichever is less. An applicant can agree with Screen Australia for coverage at a lesser amount than the capped amount. 

Screen Australia will not commit more than $50 million of TIF coverage to productions at any moment in time. 

Please see below the TIF Guidelines:

A TIF Agreement with Screen Australia requires your production to have a COVID-19 risk mitigation plan developed in accordance with the Australian Screen Production COVID-Safe Guidelines.

For enquiries relating to the Temporary Interruption Fund Guidelines email [email protected]

COVID-19 Budget Support Fund Guidelines

The COVID-19 Budget Support Fund will cover additional costs for green-lit productions to implement their COVID-Safety and Risk Assessment Plans to allow them to go into production safely.

The COVID-19 Budget Support Fund will be specifically for projects that:

  • are green-lit, in late stage development or pre-production and intending and ready to go into production within six months of application; AND
  • would be eligible for one of Screen Australia’s existing funding programs.

This fund is separate to the Temporary Interruption Fund (TIF) announced by the Government on Thursday 25 June 2020.

Applicants should email [email protected] before applying to ensure their project meets the criteria of the COVID-19 Budget Support Fund.

Please see below for COVID-19 Budget Support Fund Guidelines:

For enquiries relating to the COVID-19 Budget Support Guidelines email [email protected].

COVID-Safe Guidelines

The COVID-Safe Guidelines have been developed by an Australian Screen Sector Task Force and are intended to provide support and assistance to all practitioners (from screen producers to individual workers) in the Australian screen production industry as they consider returning and recommencing productions. 

The Guidelines provide advice on how to eliminate and minimise the risks associated with exposure of personnel to COVID-19 while working on a production. This is a live document which offers up-to-date practical advice, drawing on a range of resources and consultation with the federal Chief Medical Officer's team, and will continue to evolve alongside the advice of governments and sector best practice.

These Guidelines are to be used by screen productions as a framework to develop their own COVID-Safe risk mitigation plan prior to recommencing work.​

Please see below for COVID-Safe Guidelines:

Note as of 2 December 2020: Screen Australia acknowledges that the Australian Screen Production Industry COVID-Safe Guidelines were created and written during a time where community transmission and infection rates in Australia were higher than what is currently being experienced. We are in the process of reviewing these guidelines, with the expectation for an updated version to be released in the first few months of 2021.

In the interim, please refer and adhere to the state Work Health and Safety Regulators, and the federal Department of Health, for up to date advice on social and physical distancing requirements, masks, personal protective equipment and other control measures that may influence your production.

For enquiries relating to the COVID-Safe Guidelines email [email protected].

For more information on COVID-19 see below: