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As announced in January 2019, Screen Australia is revising its documentary funding programs.

Industry are invited to provide their feedback to the proposed changes by 27 October 2019.

Step 1: Read the media release which provides an overview of the changes. There is also a podcast with the Head of Documentary Bernadine Lim explaining the proposed changes.

Step 2: Read the Discussion Paper which provides a deeper dive into the rationale behind the four proposed changes.

Step 3: Provide feedback via the online portal. Feedback will not be accepted via email or post.

Step 4: Subscribe to the Screen Australia newsletter for updates.

Next Steps:

  • Feedback closes 11:59pm, Sunday 27 October 2019.
  • Submissions marked by the author as permissible to be made public will be published on this page in November 2019.
  • The final guidelines for all documentary programs will be published in February 2020.
  • The revised guidelines will become effective by 1 July 2020.

If you need help completing your submission, call 1800 213 099.


The following data on Australian documentary production is permanently available on the Screen Australia website and may be useful in preparing a submission:

  • Australian documentary production activity – view here.
  • Australian documentary budget ranges – view here.
  • Sources of finance for Australian documentary – view here.
  • The top Australian documentary titles on television – view here.
  • The top Australian documentary titles at the cinema – view here.
  • Australian documentaries released at the cinema – view here.

Making Documentary in Australia:

Screen News spoke to six Australian documentary makers at varying stages of their career and creative backgrounds, about the realities of making content in Australia. Watch the series here:

New to documentary funding?

If you’re just starting out, the Screen Australia for Beginners guide explains how you can apply for funding.

Emerging creators may also consider the two documentary pitching competitions which are currently taking applications – Al Jazeera Witness (applications close 1 Nov 2019) and VICE Pitch Australiana (applications close 6 Dec 2019).