Screen Australia

Screen Australia administers the Producer Offset tax rebate and Australia’s Official Co-production program.
Ausfilm Member since 2009

It is the lead Australian Government agency charged with supporting Australian screen content through development, production and promotion.

Screen Australia develops Australian voices – it funds writers, producers and directors to progress their ideas and scripts.

It provides production finance for features films, documentaries, television drama, children’s content and online series.

It can also help stories find their audience with marketing and promotion support.

It has dedicated development and production funds for content by Indigenous Australian filmmakers.

The agency also provides authoritative and relevant data and research to both the industry and government.

Contact

Tim Phillips

Head of Producer Offset and Co-Production Unit
pocu@screenaustralia.gov.au

www.screenaustralia.gov.au
+61 2 8113 5800

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THE PRODUCER OFFSET

The Producer Offset is a tax rebate for the Australian producers of feature films, television programs and other content.

It is a cultural incentive. Only Australian films and series can receive the Producer Offset. To be regarded as Australian, the project must demonstrate it contains significant Australian content (SAC) or be an official co-production.

The Producer Offset is paid after a project is completed and Screen Australia has issued the producer with a Final Certificate. The amount of the Offset is determined as a percentage of the Qualifying Australian Production Expenditure (QAPE). It is:

  • 40 per cent of QAPE incurred on feature films; and
  • 20 per cent of QAPE incurred on other formats (for example, TV series, mini-series or telemovies, short-form animations and non-feature single episode programs).

Broadly speaking, QAPE is expenditure incurred on goods and services provided in Australia for the making of the film

ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible for the Producer Offset, a film or program must:

  • be completed
  • have ‘significant Australian content’ (SAC) or be an Official Co-production
  • be an eligible format
  • have QAPE that meets or exceeds the relevant threshold
  • be made by an applicant company which is an Australian company, or a foreign company with an Australian permanent residency and an Australian Business Number (ABN).

SIGNIFICANT AUSTRALIAN CONTENT (SAC)

Screen Australia determines whether a film has SAC based on published guidelines which have regard to:

  • The subject matter of the film
  • The place where the film was made
  • The nationalities and places of residence of the people who took part in making it
  • The details of production expenditure incurred, and
  • Any other matters that Screen Australia considers to be relevant.

OFFICIAL CO-PRODUCTIONS

Official Co-productions do not need to meet the SAC test to access the Producer Offset.

Australia currently has treaties in force with Canada, China, Germany, Korea, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Singapore, South Africa, the United Kingdom and Memoranda of Understanding with France and New Zealand.

These arrangements set out the parameters for how two or more co-producers can make an eligible co-production, including the minimum financial and creative contributions. The agreements are available from the Screen Australia website.

 

HOW DO I APPLY

For Producer Offset and Co-production enquiries ONLY:
Email: pocu@screenaustralia.gov.au
Phone: +61 2 8113 1042

For all other enquiries, contact:
Email: info@screenaustralia.gov.au
Phone: +61 2 8113 5800

Credits

Projects which have publicly acknowledged The Producer Offset

  • Hacksaw Ridge
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Gods of Egypt
  • The Great Gatsby
  • The Water Diviner
  • Happy Feet Two
  • The Railway Man
  • The Sapphires

Projects which have benefitted from Australia’s Official Co-production Program

  • Guardians of the Tomb
  • Cleverman Season 1 and 2
  • The Railway Man
  • Oranges and Sunshine
  • Lore
  • Bright Star