Grant Details


Major Project

Grant Amount

Upon application

Applicant Type






Screen Australia

Documentary Producer Equity Program

The Producer Equity program provides a direct payment of funds to producers of eligible low-budget Australian documentaries, equal to 20 per cent of the approved budget.

The program is administered by Screen Australia’s Documentary Unit, and is subject to Screen Australia’s Terms of Trade eligibility requirements (section 1 only). The application cannot be submitted more than six (6) months after the project is completed.


To be eligible, a project must:

  • be a linear documentary of any length, and at any stage of production (pre-production, production, post-production) when an application is made.  Please refer to the ACMA guidelines for the definition of a documentary:
    (Note: Screen Australia does not invest in programs such as reality or magazine television, light entertainment, panel or travel shows, infotainment, current affairs, cooking, ‘how to’, sports, corporate, training, games, extensions to film or TV programs, community access programs or projects whose primary market is the education sector.  One-off such as ‘Best Of’ special episodes, of existing or ongoing series are also not eligible.)
  • have commenced pre-production on or after 1 July 2011
  • have a confirmed finance plan totalling a minimum of $125,000 up to a maximum of $500,000 and not be eligible for the Producer Offset, PDV or Location Offset
  • be produced for distribution to the Australian public, with a demonstrated arm’s length commercial arrangement for distribution e.g. broadcast licence, distribution agreement, VOD agreement, a confirmed Australian film festival screening or cinema on demand screening.
  • have Significant Australian Content

For more information, visit Screen Australia

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