The Film Australia Collection

About the Film Australia Collection online

The online collection represents a selection of documentary titles from the Film Australia Collection (FAC), spanning over a century of Australian government documentary film production.

If you cannot find what you are looking for online, please submit an Access Enquiry form.

Permissions and copyright

Much of the material on this website, including preview clips and stills, is copyright. It is important that you read our Terms and conditions before using this material in any way.

APT subject headings

The FAC website uses subject headings from the Australian Pictorial Thesaurus (APT). This collection of more than 15,000 topic terms for indexing Australian images uses contemporary Australian terminology to describe objects, people, places and structures, activities and concepts depicted in an image. It ensures the common description of pictorial collections across Australian libraries, museums and archives. For more information, see the APT website.

The decade of a shot may vary from the year given for the title as archival footage is often included in programs.

Abbreviations used in cataloguing include:

ACT Australian Capital Territory
NSW New South Wales
NT Northern Territory
Qld Queensland
SA  South Australia
Vic Victoria
WA Western Australia
CU close up
MS mid shot
POV point of view
VS various shots
WS wide shot
GS general shot

The online enquiry process

  • Go to our Search page to search our current catalogue.
  • Use the Add to Titles Enquiry, Add to Footage Enquiry or Add to Stills Enquiry button to include any title, footage or stills items to your enquiry. The number of titles, footage and stills in your enquiry will be displayed on the left hand side of the page.
  • Select the View Enquiry button to confirm details before finalising.
  • Fill in the form, providing contact details. The comments/special instructions field can be used to request additional information or provide us with extra details about your needs.
  • Click Finalise Enquiry.
  • FAC staff will then contact you by email with regards access to your selection.