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Documentary Production
Budget Ranges

Proportion of Australian documentaries (not including broadcaster-produced titles) by budget range (2021 dollars), 2007/08–2020/21

Next update 2023


Titles | Series hours


Proportion of documentary titles in various budget ranges

In the past five years, 55 per cent of single documentaries made by independent production companies have been produced for less than $500,000 per hour (in 2021 dollars). Over the same period, 32 per cent were made for between $500,000 and $1 million per hour and 14 per cent per cent for more than $1 million per hour.

For documentary series, 68 per cent have been made for less than $500,000 per hour, 25 per cent between $500,000 and $1 million per hour and 6 per cent for more than $1 million per hour.

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