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Next update March 2019

While the number of Australian films produced each year can fluctuate significantly, the decade average since 1980/81 has remained relatively consistent.

Again, average budgets vary considerably from year to year, however the decade average has consistently increased, from $270,000 in the 1970s to $6.7 million in the 2000s.

The current decade is on track with an average of 35 films made in the last seven years with an average budget of $8.4 million.

During the 1990s, 27 foreign features were made with total budgets of $982 million. This rose to 61 in the first decade of the 2000s, with total budgets around $2.5 billion and spending more than $1.4 billion in Australia. In the decade 2000/01 to 2009/10, numerous high-budget titles, mostly from the US, were shot in Australia, including the Matrix films, Peter Pan, Star Wars (episodes II and III), Superman Returns and X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Foreign feature production dropped significantly in 2008/09, with no US production taking place that year.

Spending in Australia by foreign features has also fluctuated over the last 27 years, with the exception of the years 1999/00 to 2004/05 when spending rose consistently.

PDV-only work has also contributed to spend by foreign productions in Australia. In the four years to 2009/10, spend by foreign PDV-only projects averaged $13 million. The highest ever spend on foreign PDV-only was recorded in 2011/12, which included a substantial amount as a result of work on The Lego Movie by Australian production company Animal Logic.

There were 41 Australian features produced in 2016/17, above the average number of films produced over the last seven years. Six foreign features started shooting and another sixteen foreign features commenced only PDV work in Australia during the 2016/17 period.

In total, the 22 foreign features allocated around $567 million to expenditure in Australia. Titles shot in Australia included Aquaman (US), Bad Genius (Thailand), Bleeding Steel (China), Pacific Rim: Uprising (US), Parindey (India) and Thor:Ragnarok (US). 

Foreign titles undertaking only PDV work in Australia originated mostly from the US, such as 24 Hours to Live, Black PantherBright, Geostorm, Ghost in the Shell, John Wick: Chapter 2, Jumanji: Welcome to the JungleLoganPatriots DaySpider-Man: Homecoming and A Wrinkle in Time.

For more details see Spending in Australia, Australian feature films, and Focus: Foreign drama production in Australia.