The Producer Offset and Co-Production Treaties

The Producer Offset provides a rebate on Qualifying Australian Production Expenditure (QAPE) of:

  • 40%  for theatrically released feature film productions, including documentary, animation and IMAX;
  • 20% for single episode dramas and documentary (including features released only on DVD or on-line), television drama or documentary series/seasons and short film animation

What productions are eligible?

To be eligible for the Producer offset productions must:

  • demonstrate Significant Australian Content (SAC), and
  • meet minimum expenditure thresholds relevant to the type of production
  • demonstrate requirements for commercial broadcast/exhibition/distribution
  • meet minimum format lengths

Official co-productions are eligible for the Producer Offset.

Overview

  • There is no cap or sunset clause on the incentives
  • The incentives are a cash rebate paid to the producer
  • The incentives can be combined with State and Territory government incentives
  • Payment is usually made in 3 weeks from lodgement with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO)
  • A producer may access only one of the Australian government incentives for each eligible project
  • Immigration regulations apply to importing cast and crew

For further details and to lodge applications contact the Producer Offset & Co-production Unit of Screen Australia (see contact details below).

Please Note

  • A producer may access only one of the Australian government incentives for each eligible project
  • Immigration regulations apply to importing cast and crew, see Ausfilm Quick Facts – Immigration

Official Co-Productions

Australia has co-production treaties with Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Italy, Israel, China, Singapore, South Africa and is a signatory to MOUs with France and New Zealand. Australia is currently negotiating co-production treaties with India, Denmark, Malaysia and the Republic of Korea, and is renegotiating the treaty with the United Kingdom.

Examples of recent official co-productions are: Bright Star, The Tree and The Railway Man (currently in production).

Disclaimer

You should seek independent, professional legal, financial and accounting advice if you are intending to apply for any of the Australian Screen Production Incentives.

For more detailed information on the Producer Offset, please contact:

The Producer Offset is administered by:
Screen Australia
Producer Offset and Co-production Unit

T + 61 2 8113 5800
E pocu@screenaustralia.gov.au
W www.screenaustralia.gov.au

 

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Ausfilm Factsheet

Screen Australia Factsheet

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