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 provides finance for Australian film, TV and digital originals across both narrative and documentary. The agency can also help stories find their audience with marketing and promotion support. Additionally, the agency provides authoritative and relevant data and research to both the industry and government.

Contact

Michele McDonald

Senior Manager of Producer Offset and Co-production Unit
[email protected]

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

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THE PRODUCER OFFSET

The Producer Offset is a refundable

tax offset (rebate) available to eligible Australian works and Official Co-productions. Only the Australian producers of Australian feature films, TV and other content can receive it. 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).


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

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


OFFICIAL CO-PRODUCTIONS

Official Co-productions are considered a national film in each country and are able to access the benefits provided to national films. In Australia, this means an Official Co-production does not need to satisfy the SAC eligibility requirements of the Producer Offset.
These agreements set out the parameters for how two or more co-producers can make an Official Co-production, including the minimum financial and creative contributions.Any other matters that Screen Australia considers to be relevant.

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

HOW DO I APPLY

For Producer Offset and Co-production enquiries ONLY:
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +61 2 8113 1042

For all other enquiries, contact:
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +61 2 8113 5800

Credits

Projects which have publicly acknowledged The Producer Offset

  • Peter Rabbit
  • Hacksaw Ridge
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • 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

  • Maya the Bee (Germany)
  • The Whistleblower (China)
  • Slam (France)
  • Animals (Ireland)
  • Guardians of the Tomb
  • Cleverman Season 1 and 2
  • The Railway Man
  • Oranges and Sunshine
  • Lore
  • Bright Star