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Important notice regarding changes to the PEP from 1 April 2019. Click here.

Funding programs

Producer program

Who: For one-off or series documentaries intended for public release with a total budget of at least $125,000 per hour (or $125,000 in total per project). The creative team responsible for the project must include one producer, director or writer who has at least two ‘eligible credits’ in their respective role. 
EligibilityQuick view
What: Any amount up to $750,000 may be requested.
Guidelines: Go to page

Commissioned program

Who: Programs of at least a commercial half-hour in duration, with a minimum budget of $250,000 per hour, and be intended for distribution via a Commissioning Platform with the required presale confirmed.
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What: Up to $1 million may be requested.
Guidelines: Go to page

Producer equity program

Who: The program provides a direct payment of funds to producers of eligible low-budget Australian documentaries, equal to 20 per cent of the approved budget. Projects are not assessed beyond establishing eligibility. Available in conjunction with any other Screen Australia documentary production funding.
EligibilityQuick view
What: Up to $100,000.
Guidelines: Go to page

Special initiatives


Who: Screen Australia and ABC Arts are calling for proposals from early career filmmakers nationwide for another round of Art Bites.
Eligibility: Quick view
What: $120,000 from Screen Australia, $120,000 from ABC.
Guidelines: Go to page


Doco180 aims to fund up to six documentary shorts, each with a maximum 3 minute duration. The films will premiere on whimn.com.au and its associated social channels and be made exclusively with a digital audience and medium in mind.

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If you are an Indigenous documentary maker, check out our Indigenous documentary programs: