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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, 1994/95–2015/16

Next update March 2018

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 2015/16 occurred in NSW (55 per cent), with a boost from foreign films Alien: Covenant (US) and Big Daddy (India) as well as local films, Hacksaw Ridge and Science Fiction Volume One: The Osiris Child. There was also a strong TV drama presence in the State with titles such as Doctor Doctor and returning seasons of Home and Away, A Place to Call Home and Top of the Lake: China Girl.

Victoria has fairly consistently accounted for around 20-30 per cent of drama spending, with fluctuations mainly caused by foreign productions. Victorian activity contributed 26 per cent of total production expenditure in 2015/16. This was driven by PDV-only activity for US titles, including Doctor Strange, Ghostbusters, Underworld: Blood Wars and Games of Thrones series 6 along with both shoot and post for US TV drama Hunters.

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 had the third largest share (12 per cent) in 2015/16,. Titles shot and/or post-produced in the state included two US films, Kong: Skull Island and The Shallows, co-production as well as domestic features, Nest and Jungle respectively as well as TV dramas Wanted and Paul Hogan.

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. Expenditure increased slightly on last year with production on Stan’s Wolf Creek series and domestic features Bad Blood and Boys in the Trees, along with foreign PDV-only work on X-Men Apocalypse and xXx: The Return of Xander Cage and Games of Thrones series 6.

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. Western Australia recorded its highest expenditure to date ($28 million, 3 per cent of total expenditure) - supported by a number of local features including, A Few Less Men, Bad Girl, Breath, Hounds of Love, Jasper Jones and OtherLife.

Expenditure in the remaining states decreased on last year’s high but remained strong ($12 million, 1 per cent). Tasmania was the location for local TV drama Rosehaven. There were also children’s animations Fanshaw & Crudnut and Little J & Big Cuz. The ACT featured in Secret City and the second season of The Code.

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
2012/13 433 23 52 226 22 4 760
2013/14 354 129 74 266 14 9 846
2014/15 335 238 14 234 13 20 853
2015/16 463 97 27 217 28 12 843
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%
2015/16 55% 12% 3% 26% 3% 1% 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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