Screen Australia to cover Carer’s Costs as part of development funding

Screen Australia have added a new line to the budgets of their development fund applications: $3000 to cover Carer's Costs.
The cast of BUMP, funded by Screen Australia

Screen Australia have added a new line to the budgets of their development fund applications: a small allowance for Carer’s Costs. Announced this month, applicants for development funding will have the option to apply for a $3000 one-off contribution towards costs incurred through replacing informal care responsibilities with paid care during script development. Currently in its pilot phase, the program is intended to help support unpaid carers in the screen industry, whose responsibilities can sometimes hamper their career progression. The payment is available as a one-off per application, and successful teams can split or allocate the funds as they see fit.

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Jini Maxwell is the Games and Digital Content Lead for Screenhub, where they write about the people and circumstances that create videogames. They also write a monthly games criticism column for The Saturday Paper, and host ACMI's Women and Non-Binary Gamers Club. You can find them on Twitter @astroblob

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