The Indigenous Department was established by the Australian Film Commission (AFC) in 1993 and celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2018. The department is vital in identifying and nurturing Indigenous Australian talent to ensure their bold, distinctive voices are seen on screen. It is also proactive in shaping and influencing the policy environment, where it positively impacts Indigenous Australians in the screen industry.
Around $4.5 million in funding was approved through the Indigenous Department in 2018/19, including:
- $3.7 million in development and production funding across Indigenous documentaries, features, online TV and special initiatives
- $662,000 for practitioner development including internships, special industry assistance and travel
- $100,000 in sector development and supporting strategic delegations.
See appendix 3 for a full list of projects approved for funding through the Indigenous Department in 2018/19.