Press 27.04.20

AUSFILM’S COVID-19 MESSAGE FOR FILMMAKERS



Hello from the Ausfilm team,

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

While the Ausfilm team is working remotely, we are continuing to connect and stay engaged with our global filmmaking community.  We remain committed to supporting international filmmakers through this very difficult period. 

Production activity has resumed in Australia and our members (made up of Australia’s best industry screen businesses) will be ready to help you deliver your production. For any information regarding filming or post-producing (picture post, sound and music post, VFX or animation) in Australia, please reach out to a friendly 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 and Australia’s Response

Australia’s response to Coronavirus (COVID-19) is helping to flatten the curve.  As at September 23, there have been 26,972 cases across Australia (856 active), with the daily number of new cases remaining low. Australia’s national infection rate is 0.95.  A full breakdown of Australia’s cases is reported by the Sydney Morning Herald daily.

Australia is continuing in its efforts to contain the spread of the virus.  Strict social distancing rules remain in place in Victoria, which is dealing with a spike in infections.  We encourage all those interested in engaging with Australia to follow the advice provided by the Australian Government and official health departments. For information visit the Australian Department of Health.

The National Cabinet, which consists of the Prime Minister and the Premiers and Chief Ministers of each state and territory meet regularly to coordinate a national response to the pandemic. Authority for easing restrictions rests with the Premiers of each State and we will provide updates as they come to effect.

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 uplift 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.

Australian Screen Production Industry COVID-SAFE Guidelines

The Australian screen industry released COVID-Safe Guidelines. These Guidelines are an essential tool to help the Australian industry get back to the business of filmmaking. The Guidelines detail both mandatory controls, informed by the latest government medical advice and State WHS 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.

Travel Restrictions

For enquiries regarding state screen production incentives and grants please contact the relevant state screen agency here.

There are currently strict travel restrictions on who can enter Australia. To enter Australia you require a valid visa and an exemption granted by the Australian Border Force Commissioner. Film and television production is now listed as one of the critical skills needed for economic recovery, which has streamlined and prioritised the granting of exemptions to enter Australia for production.

AUSTRALIAN HOME AFFAIRS

For detailed information please read more from Australian Home Affairs here.

STATE & TERRITORY TRAVEL

Some Australian states and territories have closed their borders for domestic non-essential travel, find out what you need to know here.

Please get in touch with Ausfilm directly at [email protected] to discuss how these restrictions may impact your production in Australia.

Filming in Australia

Filming is currently allowed to take place in Australia if the required physical distancing can be maintained at all times. Each production must undertake a risk assessment and have in place a COVID-19 safety plan.

There have been some recent news stories about shows getting back into production in Australia – for more information contact Ausfilm’s EVP of International Production, Erin Stam.

The industry has recently released COVID-19 Filming Protocols and Guidelines.

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.