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The Drama Report 2018/19

The Drama Report covers the production of feature films, TV drama (mini-series, telemovies and series/serials) and online drama programs by financial year.

The report incorporates data gathered through surveys and publicly available sources to give a comprehensive view of drama production activity in Australia. Data is presented for the past five years, 2014/15 to 2018/19.

Foreign titles are included if they are shot (or substantially shot) in Australia, or have post, digital or visual effects (PDV) work carried out in Australia without shooting here.


Drama expenditure in Australia

  • $1,179 million total Australian expenditure - 53% up on last year’s spend, due to a new record spend by Australian titles, and increased foreign production spend.
  • Record expenditure by Australian titles - $768 million 65% of total expenditure was triggered by Australian titles that started principal photography during 2018/19.
  • 33 Australian features - $299 million 15% increase on last year and 28% above the five-year average.
  • 37 Australian TV drama titles - $334 million record expenditure, up 13% on last year, and 12% above the five-year average. Hours also increased to just above the five-year average.
  • 15 Australian children’s TV drama titles - $95 million 95% increase on last year, and a 10-year record spend.
  • 28 Australian online drama titles - $40 million significant increase in number of titles, but expenditure down 25% on last year.
  • 37 foreign projects $410 million
  • Spend of $297 million on seven features and four TV dramas that commenced shooting in Australia, a significant year-on-year increase and above the five-year average
  • PDV-only spend totalled $113 million from 26 titles, up 16% on 2017/18.

Expenditure by location

  • New South Wales at 31% accounted for the greatest share of total expenditure, with Peter Rabbit 2 a significant contributor.
  • Victoria 30%, spend increased to an all-time high of $350 million.
  • Queensland 24%, spend increased by $165 million, with 74% of expenditure coming from foreign productions.
  • South Australia reported another record-breaking year with $110 million in expenditure, derived primarily from PDV-only titles as well as foreign feature work and Australian TV drama.
  • Both Tasmania and the Northern Territory reported strong results, supported by Australian online drama and domestic feature work.  

See the statistics section of the Screen Australia website for details and for pre-2018/19 data.

Download full report here