January 2017 - Visa for overseas screen directors updateOn the 19 November 2016, new Visa subclasses were introduced by the Australian government that will allow applicants to enter Australia for temporary work or for a specified activity. All overseas screen directors seeking to work in Australia must consult with the relevant union, in the case of screen directors, the Australian Directors' Guild, prior to applying for a Subclass 408 Temporary Activity Visa (Entertainment Visa).
Any applicant for a subclass 408 Temporary Activity Visa must be sponsored by an Australian company or an Australian permanent resident or citizen (the Australian Sponsor).
Download Consultation Application Form hereThe ADG assesses applications for a 408 Visa on the regulations as outlined in the Immigration Act. Applications for overseas personnel to be engaged on film or television productions being produced in Australia are considered within the parameters of the Migration Regulations and, in particular, with reference to the extent to which the application complies with the provisions of the Net Employment Benefit Test under the Migrations Regulations. The Net Employment Benefit Test requires the Sponsor to demonstrate that the engagement of the overseas person/s will lead to greater employment of Australians in the entertainment industry than would have been the case had Australian personnel been engaged. The Migration Act Regulations 1994 require that the Australian Sponsor (usually the producer or production company) consult with the ADG in relation to the application for the Visa.
The consultation cost is $550.00 (inc GST) per overseas screen director.
October 2014 - Response to the Second Draft Documentary Guidelines released by Screen Australia in September 2014
September 2014 - Response to the "Online Copyright Infringement" Discussion Paper
July 2014 - Response to the draft documentary guidelines released by Screen Australia in June 2014
4 April 2014 - Response to Screen Australia’s paper: "Documentary Funding: Stories that matter"
January 2014 - Response to the Enterprise Paper
April 2012 - Submission to the Attorney General’s Department on the Australia’s Law Reform Commission draft terms of reference on copyright.
09 November 2011 - Submission to the 2011 Convergence Review, October 2011.
09 November 2011 - Submission to the National Cultural Policy October 2011