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Australia Offers Producers Exotic Locations, Film History and Generous Incentives

Australia's Production Incentives Include 16.5% Rebate
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Boasting climates that range from green tropical rainforests to arid red deserts, stretches of achingly beautiful beaches, and the mysterious landscapes of its vast Outback, Australia has always had a lot of benefits for filmmakers. In fact, the first-ever full-length feature, “The Story of the Kelly Gang” (1906), was shot Down Under. Today Australia also provides generous financial incentives.

The country offers a 16.5% rebate on qualifying Australian production expenditure. To be accepted into the program, a feature film must spend a minimum of 15 million Australian dollars, or approximately $11.5 million. TV shows need to spend an average minimum of 1.5 million Australian dollars, or about $766,000, per hour of programming.

In addition to the above location offsets, Australia offers a producer offset consisting of a 40% rebate for theatrically released feature films, including documentaries, animation projects and IMAX movies; and 20% for single-episode dramas and documentaries (including features released only on DVD or online), TV drama, or documentary series/seasons, and short-form animation

Plus, for post-production, digital work and visual effects there’s a 30% rebate on qualifying Australian production expenditure. This requires a minimum spend of at least 500,000 Australian dollars, or about $383,000.

Films recently shot in Australia include “Aquaman” (2018), “Pacific Rim: Uprising” (2018), “Upgrade” (2018), “Peter Rabbit” (2018), “Thor: Ragnorok” (2017), “Wonder Woman” (2017), “Kong: Skull Island” (2017), “Alien Covenant” (2017) and “Mad Max: Fury Road” (2015).

Incentives
16.5% Rebate on qualifying Australian production expenditure
$11.5m Minimum film production budget
$766k Minimum per hour of TV
Information courtesy of EP Financial Solutions, a production incentive consulting and financial services company.