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Enterprise people

Targeted industry placements to advance the skills of early-career writers, directors and creative producers.

Enterprise People will support companies with development expertise to employ writers, directors or creative producers on a full-time basis over a one to two-year period. It will contribute to the sustainability of the industry by addressing both the need for sector-building through skills transfer and renewal, and the development of new intellectual property.

Screen Australia’s program KPIs for Enterprise People will focus on demonstrating an increase in sustainable ongoing employment and screen credits for early-career Australian writers, directors and producers.

What funding is available?

Screen Australia expects to provide each company with around $50,000–70,000 per year as a contribution to the salary of their placement.

Are you a target applicant?

The program is aimed at established screen businesses with capacity to provide intensive on-the-job development for an emerging writer, director or creative producer but without the initial means to employ them on an ongoing basis.

Funding will target applicants who have identified a suitable writer, director or creative producer and have strategies to deliver high-level experience resulting in screen credits.

The program aims to support the early career development of writers, directors and producers, which may include diversifying the skills of industry professionals.

Companies must not submit more than one application. This application can be for one candidate only.

Who can apply?

An application must first meet the following eligibility criteria in order to be competitively assessed for funding through this program.

The applicant company must:

  • meet the General Eligibility requirements set out in Screen Australia’s Terms of Trade, including the requirement to be incorporated and carrying on business in Australia, and have its central management and control in Australia
  • have at least one screen credit produced
  • include at least one company director who has a minimum of five years’ relevant participation in the media and entertainment industry and has the following minimum credits:
  • one credit as writer, director, producer or executive producer of a feature film selected for a major film (Cannes, Venice, Berlin, Sundance or Toronto) or documentary (Hot Docs, IDFA) festival
  • three credits as writer, director, producer or executive producer on any combination of:
  • a feature film (drama or documentary) which has been released on a minimum of five commercial screens in one territory;
  • a television drama, television series, documentary or factual program which has been broadcast in prime viewing time on Australian free-to-air or subscription television (children’s programs or series must have been broadcast in scheduled C period).
    For writers, television credits should be ’written by’.

The application must include:

  • a nominated mentor or mentors able to demonstrate credits produced or
  • relevant industry experience.

Companies or candidates who have previously received funding through Enterprise People are not eligible to apply. However, Companies funded under any previous Enterprise programs (including Enterprise Industry, Stories and Growth) are eligible to apply. Companies receiving funding through the Gender Matters: Brilliant Careers initiative will only be eligible to apply for new proposals.

Application process and materials

You must apply using the Online Application Portal available on the Screen Australia website by the nominated deadline. No extensions will be granted. As part of your application, you will need to submit:

  • a brief history of your company and a description of its present position in the industry, including a summary of relevant credits, how the company would benefit from the proposed placement, how the company will incorporate the placement into its activities over the proposed funding period, and where relevant any contribution the company will be making to the candidate’s salary
  • a statement from the candidate for industry placement, setting out their experience and achievements to date, and highlighting why they are suitable for the proposed placement
  •  a profile of the nominated mentor or mentors, the role of the mentor, including their capabilities to play this role and confirmation they are willing and able to mentor during the nominated period.
  • a development plan for the placement including:
  • opportunities provided by the company relevant to the development of the candidate;
  • skills development for the candidate;
  • screen credits for the candidate;
  • ongoing employment for the candidate at the end of the funding period, either within the company or elsewhere in the sector
  • key performance indicators (KPIs) appropriate to your proposal 
  • a current ASIC company extract (no more than three months old).

Funding decisions

Eligible applications will be considered by Screen Australia executives against the following criteria:

  • the suitability of the proposed candidate, based on their achievements to date, commitment to a career in the screen production industry, and demonstrated potential for development
  • the strength of the company’s one- or two-year plan to develop the candidate including opportunities for skills development, screen credits and ongoing employment
  • the demonstrated capabilities of the company and nominated mentor(s) to deliver a fruitful industry placement.

The above criteria are equally weighted.

Other factors, including availability of funds, diversity of proposals and the gender and cultural diversity of the team may also influence Screen Australia’s funding decisions.

Decisions on applications are final. Screen Australia will advise applicants in writing of the outcome of their application.

Terms of funding

Funding will be provided as a grant.

Progress against agreed KPIs will be reviewed six-monthly, and ongoing payments under the Enterprise Agreement will be subject to satisfactory performance and reporting. In addition, in order for Screen Australia to report against KPIs, placements will be asked to complete an ‘exit’ survey when their placement is complete.

As set out in its Terms of Trade, Screen Australia requires all successful applicants to act fairly and reasonably towards all third parties participating in their projects.

Successful applicants to Enterprise People will be eligible to apply for other forms of Screen Australia funding, including Enterprise Industry. However, Screen Australia may not prioritise applications for other programs where the funding is for similar activities or initiatives to those supported under this program.

Funding recipients and placements may be asked to provide material for case studies, program evaluation and/or participate in seminars or workshops to share their knowledge and experience.

Funded recipients must enter into an employment agreement with the placement under which the Enterprise grant is provided directly to the placement. Superannuation will not be funded by the Enterprise grant and is the responsibility of the funded company.