NSW is Australia's pre-eminent state for film and television production, with nearly 60% of all Australians employed in the screen production industry based in NSW and more than half of all Australian production and post-production businesses located in NSW, with a total income of more than $1.58 billion in 2011-12.
57% of all Australian drama production in 2012-13 took place in NSW and 81% of all Australian drama production was generated by NSW-based production companies.
Sydney boasts state-of-the-art studio facilities and is home to a wealth of creative and technical talent, however the industry is competitive and its practitioners are globally mobile.
The New South Wales Government is committed to making the state the most attractive destination in Australia for screen production. With the release of the Local Government 2012 Film Friendly Protocol, it is an appropriate time to note that government agencies and state authorities continue to follow the same policy as the local government authorities in facilitating filming by supporting the Film Friendly Protocol.
It is this Government's policy to reduce red tape and provide the highest possible level of co-operation with filmmakers to encourage screen production and thereby attract investors, job creation, growth in the economy and maintain the position of NSW as the premier destination for screen production in Australia.
Ministers, Chief Executive Officers and Film Contact Officers will continue to ensure that:
Agencies should also ensure that:
Screen NSW will continue to support agencies and their Film Contact Officers in dealing with film queries. The Film Friendly Protocol and other resources can be accessed at www.screen.nsw.gov.au