Zero Fee Licence

The NFSA’s Zero Fee Licence offers Australian independent documentary makers up to three minutes of footage from the Film Australia Collection for a no-fee All Rights, All Media, World, In Perpetuity licence. Details here.


Take Three

From 1 July 2015, the NFSA’s Take Three initiative offers Australian tertiary students and emerging Australian artists and filmmakers up to three minutes (180 seconds) of NFSA 100%-controlled footage and/or audio and up to ten stills (including content from the Film Australia Collection) with no licence fee. Details here.


New fee structure from 1 October

From 1 October 2014, a new fee structure and single rate card covers all NFSA research, access, licensing and related services under the management of the Collection Reference teams based in the NFSA’s Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney offices. For all Film Australia Collection footage and stills enquiries, and further information about the new fee structure, please email


The NFSA is celebrating 100 years of Australia’s documentary heritage, the nation’s audio visual memory – 2013

Throughout 2013 the NFSA is celebrating the 100 year anniversary of documentaries produced by Film Australia and its predecessor organisations commencing with the appointment of Bert Ive in 1913 as the first Official Commonwealth Government Cinematographer.

The FAC website’s Home Page now features a dedicated gallery of still images representing Bert Ive and his journeys across Australia to capture stories of the nation. The new showreel, especially created for the 100th anniversary, comprises 100 stills from the FAC. The showreel is a tribute to Film Australia’s many filmmakers, their subjects and stories.

New FAC content including Title and Shot Descriptions, Preview Clips and Stills have recently been uploaded for your research and viewing.

Check out the NFSA website for blogs focussing on FAC history, personalities, and related stories and for news of upcoming events.

We look forward to receiving your online enquiries, please contact us with any queries about the Film Australia Collection or should you require assistance with searching this site.

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1 July 2011

The new Film Australia Collection website

This site represents a selection of documentary titles from the National Film and Sound Archive’s (NFSA) Film Australia Collection (FAC) available for searching title or shot descriptions, viewing preview clips and images and ordering footage and stills selections.

What’s new:

- Updated title information.
- Shots and clips catalogued according to the Australian Pictorial Thesaurus (APT) for a more accurate search.
- Searchable stills.
- A footage showreel and stills gallery ready to explore.
- The ability to become a member and store your title, shot and/or still searches, as well as your current enquiry.

Our staff is now based at the NFSA’s Sydney office in Pyrmont. We look forward to your enquiries; please contact us with any queries or should you require assistance with searching this site.