Australia's Co-production Program encourages production and fosters relationships between international filmmakers. Official Co-productions are made under formal arrangements between Australia and the governments of various countries, creating benefits for both partners.
Official Co-productions do not need to meet the test for ‘Significant Australian Content’ to access the Producer Offset.
Australia currently has treaties in force with Canada, China, Germany, Korea, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Singapore, South Africa and the United Kingdom, and Memoranda of Understanding with France and New Zealand.
These agreements set out the parameters for how two or more co-producers can make an official Co-production, including the minimum financial and creative contributions. The agreements are available on the Screen Australia website.
In 2018/19, provisional Co-production approval was granted to 10 projects from five countries, including documentary David Attenborough’s Life in Colour with the UK and feature film Buckley’s Chance with Canada. Final approval was granted to nine projects, including feature film Slam with France and television series The New Legends of Monkey with New Zealand.
See appendix 5 for 2018/19 statistics on provisional and final approvals for these programs.
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Since its inception in 1986, 188 official Co-productions have been completed or commenced production. Comprehensive statistics about the operation of the program are available on the Screen Australia website – screenaustralia.gov.au/coproductions