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Our Indigenous programs support creatively ambitious projects and people, and imaginative, resonant stories authored by Indigenous Australians.

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

  • a sole applicant must be an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Australian
  • projects must have Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Australians in key creative roles – at least as writer and director, and in the case of writing teams the lead writer must be Indigenous
  • 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.

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

Indigenous filmmakers may apply to any Screen Australia program in addition to the funding programs of the Indigenous 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.