Australia is growing in popularity for filmmakers across the globe attracted by a unique blended mix
of world class film studios, experienced and locally based crew, supported by truly inspiring film
locations and competitive film and TV production incentives. Screen Australia states foreign
Production spend in the country has seen the figures grow from $111 million in 2017/2018 to $410
million in 2019.

The rise in the profile of the Australian production industry is evidenced in hosting production of two
Marvel Entertainment Movies, Shang-Chi The Legend Of The Ten Rings and Thor: Love And
Thunder. Back to back productions at the Fox studios in Sydney from the end of 2019 has seen
employment on the rise and the shooting of the latest Thor instalment looks set to create up to
2,500 jobs when filming starts.

Whether it be in Queensland, Melbourne, Sydney or Adelaide, Australia are positioned well to
maximise on foreign investment for all forms of Film and TV production. The wealth of experience in
producing feature films, documentaries, TV series and animations continually sees the Australian
film production industry offer a high value proposition to filmmakers from across the globe.

Helpful information for managing the challenges of filming in Australia

The combination of the idyllic locations of iconic beaches, heritage sites, the outback and inspiring
landmarks ensures Australia is at the forefront of options for film productions. However, filming in
Australia, like many locations, is not without its challenges and planning is essential. To assist those
not familiar with the intricacies of the country, we have outlined some key points of consideration
for international crews and their production teams.

Weather and Seasons

The climate in Australia can vary significantly and is important to understand the different areas,
seasons and the variations of temperature. Different challenges will present themselves dependent
on the season, with for example bush fires and heavy smoke often being a regular problem during
the summer months and would potentially need to be taken into consideration. Other seasons will
come with different filming challenges and we would recommend fully researching the region and
time of year, to ensure the climate compliments any planned schedule.

Time Zones

Time zones across Australia can make scheduling a challenge. Essentially there are three main time
zones; Western (Western Australia, Eastern (Victoria, Tasmania, New South Wales, Queensland) and
Central (Northern Territory, South Australia). Added to this the variable of Daylight Savings, which
creates five different time zones at certain times of the year, it is imperative to take all of these into
consideration when planning production.

Internal Travel

Australia is a very big country and is a similar size to all of Europe combined so any travel needs to
be carefully planned. There are no restrictions when travelling between different states and
territories and if filming in multiple locations, the simplest form of travel will be plane from city to
city, then by road to rural locations.

Locations and Permits

This can often be confusing and cause issues due to the complexity of the different filming rules and
permissions with local authorities. Australia is rich with indigenous, cultural, environmentally
protected and heritage sites and is essential to understand the correct protocols when approaching
these locations.

Health Insurance and Visas

Only New Zealand and Australian citizens are exempt from requiring a visa to enter the country.
Vaccinations are not required but the usual travel checks should be made if you have travelled to
other countries recently with elevated chances of risk. The healthcare system in Australia is a great
service and some of your medical costs may be covered through a reciprocal scheme but as always
check what medical cover you or your teams may require before travel.


There are a number of options available for internet and phone provision when within the country,
however some of these may provide better coverage than others if filming in the outback. There
might also be a requirement for satellite or radio phone communications when filming takes place in
extreme remote and rural locations.