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Feature film production Spend by state

Share of expenditure in Australia by feature films in each state, for films shot 1998/99–2015/16

Next update March 2018

For the past 18 years, NSW has accounted for more than half (52 per cent) of the total production expenditure by foreign and local feature films in Australia.

In 2002/03, there was a significant shift to Queensland with large-scale US titles accounting for much of the $169 million in production expenditure that year, resulting in a 75 per cent share for the state.

2005/06 saw a more equitable distribution of expenditure across the states with Queensland and Victoria reporting shares of 23 and 33 per cent respectively, while the NSW share fell to 28 per cent.

Again, in 2009/10, the NSW share fell sharply as foreign production moved largely to both Queensland and Victoria which, between them, accounted for 75 per cent of all feature production expenditure that year.

The last six years in NSW, expenditure as a proportion (54 per cent) has remained above the 18-year average.

More than most states, Queensland’s share of expenditure is subject to foreign-feature activity and ranges from just 2 per cent in 2008/09, a possible consequence of a weak Australian dollar through much of that year, to 75 per cent in 2002/03, most of which came from big-budget US features.

Victoria is less reliant on foreign activity and derives most of its expenditure from domestic feature production. Over the last 18 years, the state’s share has ranged from a low of 6 per cent in 1999/90 to a high of 33 per cent in 2005/06.

South Australia’s share of expenditure is also largely determined by domestic activity, however the state’s PDV industry, specifically foreign-focused activity, successfully competes with rival states.

Production expenditure in Western Australia, Tasmania, the Northern Territory and the ACT is driven primarily by domestic features.

High-expenditure years by state and contributing productions

Australian titles in bold.

Year State Share Title(s)
1998/99 NSW 75% Mission Impossible II
1999/00 NSW 87% The Red Planet
Star Wars - Episode II - Attack of the Clones
2001/02 NSW 60% The Matrix Reloaded
The Matrix Revolutions
VIC 17% Ned Kelly
2002/03 QLD 75% George of the Jungle 2
The Great Raid
Peter Pan
2003/04 NSW 82% Son of the Mask
Star Wars - Episode III Revenge of the Sith
Stealth
2004/05 VIC 30% Ghost Rider
Charlotte's Web
2008/09 NSW 76% Happy Feet Two
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole
2011/12 NSW 63% The Great Gatsby
2012/13 NSW 69% Mad Max: Fury Road
The Wolverine
2015/16 NSW 60% Alien: Covenant
Hacksaw Ridge

Share of expenditure on feature films by state, 1998/99–2015/16

Share of expenditure on feature films by state, 1998/99-2015/16

Figures preceded by '+' are for foreign productions undertaking only PDV work in Australia.

Year Expenditure in Australia on feature films ($m)
NSW QLD VIC SA Other1
% share 52% 24% 16% 5% 3%
1998/99 161 18 20 16 0
1999/00 179 5 12 7 n.a.
2000/01 120 49 27 15 5
2001/02 204 70 58 9 1
2002/03 23 169 19 8 6
2003/04 371 40 31 8 <1
2004/05 157 63 106 23 2
2005/06 38 31 44 18 n.a.
2006/07 184 (+3) 84 (+0) 54 (+2) 6 (+5) 11 (+0)
2007/08 122 (+3) 84 (+0) 51 (+1) 13 (+8) 8 (+0)
2008/09 295 (+4) 8 (+0) 42 (+<1) 18 (+14) 7 (+0)
2009/10 67 (+8) 201 (+0) 142 (+1) 21 (+1) 12 (+0)
2010/11 84 38 25 17 7
2011/12 249 35 81 16 13
2012/13 251 16 39 41 19
2013/14 224 110 102 49 17
2014/15 219 226 63 5 19
2015/16 262 78 56 15 26

Year Share of expenditure in Australia on feature films (%)
NSW QLD VIC SA Other1
1998/99 75% 8% 9% 7% 0%
1999/00 87% 3% 6% 3% n.a.
2000/01 55% 23% 12% 7% 2%
2001/02 60% 20% 17% 3% <1%
2002/03 10% 75% 9% 3% 3%
2003/04 82% 9% 7% 2% <1%
2004/05 45% 18% 30% 7% 1%
2005/06 28% 23% 33% 14% n.a.
2006/07 53% (+<1%) 24% 15% (+<1%) 2% (+<1%) 3%
2007/08 42% (+1%) 29% 18% (+<1%) 4% (+3%) 3%
2008/09 76% (+1%) 2% 11% (+<1%) 5% (+4%) 2%
2009/10 15% (+2%) 44% 31% (+<1%) 5% (+<1%) 3%
2010/11 49% 22% 15% 10% 4%
2011/12 63% 9% 21% 4% 3%
2012/13 69% 4% 11% 11% 5%
2013/14 45% 22% 20% 10% 3%
2014/15 41% 42% 12% 1% 4%
2015/16 60% 18% 13% 3% 6%

Source Screen Australia.

Notes:
Includes Australian productions (both domestic and co-productions) and foreign productions shot here. 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.
Based on location spending.
Figures are updated on an ongoing basis therefore there may be some discrepancies with previously published data.
Figures may not total exactly due to rounding.
1. Figures for Western Australia, Tasmania, the Northern Territory and ACT are combined for confidentiality reasons.

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