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Producer offset and Co-production

Screen Australia’s Producer Offset and Co-production Unit (POCU) administers the Producer Offset tax rebate and Australia’s Official Co-production Program on behalf of the Australian Government.

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Screen Australia issued Producer Offset Final Certificates to 164 projects (feature films, television drama programs, documentaries and other content) in 2018/19, worth a total of $207.69 million.

Altogether, production budgets for the 164 projects totalled $833 million.

The Producer Offset is available only to Australian films and programs, creating cultural benefits for the Australian community as well as economic benefits. To be eligible, a project must have significant Australian content or be an official Co-production.

The Offset is paid through the production company’s tax return after a project is completed and Screen Australia has issued the producer with a Final Certificate. The value of the rebate is calculated as a percentage of the project’s Qualifying Australian Production Expenditure (QAPE). The rebate is:

  • 40% of QAPE for feature films
  • 20% of QAPE for other formats (for example, documentaries, television series, telemovies or short-form animations).

Broadly speaking, QAPE is expenditure incurred on goods and services provided in Australia for making the film.

Because the Producer Offset is delivered through the tax system and all taxpayers’ tax affairs are secret, Screen Australia cannot name the projects that benefitted from it. But some producers publicly acknowledged the Offset’s contribution during the year, including Zareh Nalbandian, whose box office hit Peter Rabbit was released in March 2018.

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