Press 16.08.21

FILMING IN AUSTRALIA DURING COVID-19 UPDATE



We hope you and your loved ones remain safe and healthy wherever you are in the world.

Whilst COVID-19 continues to evolve across the world, Australia’s film and television industry has ensured the continuation of local and international screen production activity by working together to develop, advance and uphold strict COVID Safe practices. In 2020, Australia’s screen industry came together to establish the Australian Screen Industry COVIDSafe Guidelines developed in consultation with the office of Australia’s Chief Medical Officer. These guidelines are followed by all productions in addition to each state’s workplace safety directives and have seen productions put in place additional safety measures on-set including maintaining workplace bubbles and frequent COVID-testing for all cast and crew. 

The Ausfilm team in LA and in Sydney are currently working remotely however we are continuing to work very closely with international productions seeking entry into Australia which employ thousands of Australian cast, crew, technicians and businesses. 

International productions continue to receive exceptional support and advice from Australia’s state and territory screen agencies and the industry’s leading travel companies. All of whom are at the forefront of this ever-changing environment.

We remain committed to supporting international filmmakers through this challenging period. 

If you have questions about filming or post-producing (picture post, sound and music post, VFX or animation) in Australia, please reach out to an Ausfilm team member in either our Sydney or Los Angeles offices:

Sydney
T: +61 2 9383 4192
[email protected]
Los Angeles
T: +1 310 229 2362
[email protected]

Latest information regarding COVID-19 in Australia

Filming is currently allowed to take place in Australia with each production needing to undertake a risk assessment and have in place a COVID-19 safety plan. Australia’s COVID-19 cases continue to be low compared to other territories around the world.

A full breakdown of Australia’s cases is reported by the Sydney Morning Herald daily.

Travel Advice & Border Restrictions

Rules around travel to and from Australia and across Australian states and territories does change regularly. Please contact the screen agency of the state or territory you are planning to film in for the most up-to-date information.

For expert support on international and domestic travel and quarantine, please contact Ausfilm’s travel members:
Showfilm
Stage and Screen
TAG

For support around visas and immigration, please contact Ausfilm’s legal and business affairs members:
Ajuria Lawyers
Simpsons Solicitors

Australian Screen Production Industry COVID-SAFE Guidelines

The Australian screen industry released COVID-Safe Guidelines in July 2020. The Guidelines detail both mandatory controls, informed by the latest government medical advice and State Work, Health & Safety legislation, and a detailed, department-by-department range of control measures that each production can draw on to create its own COVID-Safe plan, covering guidance on the number of people on set, shooting in close proximity, use of personal protective equipment, hygiene control measures, medical advice, and travel and transport.

The guidelines are updated regularly. Access the Guidelines here.

Australian Screen Production Incentives

The Location Incentive and Location and PDV Offsets continue to operate as usual and the Screen Industry team within the Office of the Arts (Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications) is continuing to receive and process applications. For enquiries, please read here

The Government has announced a AU$400 million up lift to the Location Incentive grant for another 3 years to 30 June 2027, to attract more international production to the country and assist Australia’s economic recovery. Read more here.

The Producer Offset also continues to be operational and Screen Australia who administers this incentive program is continuing to receive enquiries. Visit Screen Australia to read more about their COVID-19 response here.

Location Enquiries

Ausfilm is still able to support productions with online location pitches for Australia. Please contact Ausfilm’s EVP of International Production, Erin Stam.