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Our First Nations programs support creatively ambitious projects and people, and imaginative, resonant stories authored by Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander practitioners.

To be eligible for assistance from Screen Australia’s First Nations Department:

  • a sole applicant must be an Australian Aboriginal or a Torres Strait Islander practitioner;
  • projects must have Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander practitioners in key creative roles – at least as writer and director, and in the case of writing teams the lead writer must be First Nations Australian;
  • applicants and their projects must meet:
  • the general eligibility requirements set out in Screen Australia’s Terms of Trade, and the eligibility requirements of the particular program.
  • Applications must be made via the Application Portal on the Screen Australia website and include all supporting material listed.

Funding is not intended for projects by non-Indigenous screen content makers with Indigenous content.

Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander screen content makers may apply to any Screen Australia program in addition to the funding programs of the First Nations Department.


Screen Australia is committed to building equity into its programs
and its engagement with the community. Gender equity, anti-racism, authentic story-telling, from and about under-represented groups, 
and inclusivity are priorities for Screen Australia. We expect that the 
lived experience portrayed through the narrative and characters are reflected within the key creative team. It is vital the creative team has
the cultural authorship to tell the story so that telling of the story is authentic. This will be taken into account when assessing applications.

For Australian screen content to effectively deliver cultural and
economic benefits it must speak to, and be for, all Australians.
Ultimately a diversity of ideas and a diverse workforce will grow
the Australia screen industry, make it more relevant to Australian
audiences and more competitive internationally.