FAC Terms and Conditions


Material on this website, including images and preview clips, may ONLY be downloaded, displayed, printed or reproduced for personal, NON-commercial use in an unaltered form.

You MUST seek prior written permission from the NFSA’s Film Australia Collection (FAC) staff for any COMMERCIAL use (eg print publication, advertising, merchandising) or if you wish to retransmit or distribute the material in any way (eg broadcast, internet, DVD, video). Reproduction and handling fees may be charged - see our rate card.

You DO NOT have to seek permission if you are using it for research or study purposes (eg in a school project or education handout).

However, you MUST NOT remove, cover or edit the watermark (Film Australia, Screen Australia, or NFSA logo) from the image or clip.

You MUST acknowledge the National Film and Sound Archive as the source of the material.

To request permission or further information, or to place an order, please contact FAC.


This website and most of the material on it is copyright and thus protected by the Copyright Act 1968 of the Commonwealth of Australia or by international copyright conventions.

The FAC can assist you in determining the copyright status and holder of specific material in the collection.

In some cases, you may need to obtain written permission from people or institutions other than the NFSA before we can supply the material, or there may be restrictions as to how the material can be used.

Please contact FAC for further information.

Other Terms and Conditions

Rights and Licensing

  • The NFSA Premium Rate applies to the Film Australia Collection and other works in the NFSA collection that are owned by the NFSA.   
  • The Film Australia Collection includes the Australian Government documentary films and associated materials produced by Film Australia and its predecessor agencies in the period 1913–2008.
  • The NFSA charges an Access Fee for the use of third-party controlled material supplied by the NFSA.
  • Where third-party controlled works in the NFSA collection remain under legal control of the copyright owner and/or depositor, written permission from the copyright owner and/or depositor is required prior to this material being supplied.
  • Copyright clearance is the client’s responsibility. Where available the NFSA will provide the copyright owner’s contact details.  If the copyright owner cannot be found, the NFSA may agree to supply the material and ask the client to sign an indemnity form.
  • Restrictions apply for the use of sensitive materials. The NFSA may require the client to supply permissions in writing prior to viewing and licensing sensitive materials. In some cases these sensitive materials are unavailable for the client’s specific use and therefore the NFSA cannot supply.
  • Australian Indigenous materials are made available in accordance with the NFSA’s Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property (ICIP) rights guidelines. Please contact the Collection Reference  staff for a copy of these guidelines.
  • Unless stated, rates cover a single specified use or production, on a non-exclusive basis for up to ten years.
  • An additional 50 per cent of the usage or licence fee is charged for an In Perpetuity term.
  • A reduced per-second rate is available if the client purchases more than three minutes of footage.
  • Clients may license as excerpts up to 20 per cent of the duration of any one title from the the Film Australia Collection.

General Conditions

  • Unless stated, the minimum charge per Medium or Multiple Media use is 30 seconds with the exception of Advertising usage where a five-second minimum applies per Medium or Multiple Media use.
  • A non-refundable minimum licence fee is payable on supply of material on broadcast quality format.
  • For domestic clients the fees are charged in Australian dollars, inclusive of Goods and Services Tax (GST).
  • Credit card details are required prior to NFSA staff commencing work on a client’s job.
  • Completion time for copying requests is dependent on the condition and format of the material. Please discuss your delivery timeframe with NFSA staff.
  • On completion of the client’s use, master material provided by the NFSA must be erased.
  • Clients are liable for any damage to, or loss of, collection items while in their care. The NFSA may charge a repair or replacement fee and service fees.
  • Urgent jobs (same day or within 48 hours) are charged an additional 25 per cent surcharge on service and transfer fees.
  • The NFSA will levy a cancellation fee of A$50 (plus any ongoing costs incurred at the time of cancellation) when clients cancel previously authorised services.

Acknowledging the NFSA

  • Access to the NFSA’s collection for any public presentation or reproduction is conditional on a prominent acknowledgement or credit being given to the NFSA. The type and nature of the acknowledgement is agreed between the client and the NFSA.
  • Clients are obliged to provide proof of acknowledgement within four weeks of completion of project. Failure to acknowledge the NFSA will result in an additional 25 per cent surcharge on usage or licence fee.
  • Footage or stills from the NFSA collection published online are to be watermarked with the NFSA logo.
  • The NFSA Usage or Licence Agreement specifies the required acknowledgment to be included in the client’s end credits or publication.
  • Publicity associated with the screening of films should contain the acknowledgement 'Print Courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia’.