Documentary Australia

Leadership and Advocacy

Leadership and Advocacy Objective: Increase understanding of the value of documentary, and improve support for independent documentary filmmakers.

Strategic goals: Increase visibility of the key challenges faced by filmmakers creating documentaries in Australia, and provide solutions to key decision makers.

In recent years, Documentary Australia has stepped into a stronger leadership and advocacy role for the independent documentary sector. We aim to provide a united voice for the sector on issues directly impacting the recognition of and support for documentary filmmaking in Australia.

Documentary Australia plays a unique role in the sector. We offer specialised funding approaches, partnership models, enhance distribution for greater impact over the long term, design impact models, strategies and tactics and evaluate social outcomes and impact.

We aim to facilitate a community of practice, support advocacy and sector development and partner with leading research, university and corporate partners.

For the documentary sector, we aim to underpin advocacy and influence government policy and legislation with the goal to firmly establish the value of documentary and publicly recognise its impacts socially and culturally. In 2021 Documentary Australia led a year long advocacy campaign to oppose the proposed tax reforms that would have decimated the documentary sector – and we won. Our campaign focused on the unique nature of documentary, recognising its intrinsic cultural and historical value to our national narrative and the social value it brings to highlighting pressing social issues.

At Documentary Australia our evaluation supports three key strategic objectives:

  • Increase visibility of documentary (and Documentary Australia)
  • Increased acknowledgement of the role of documentary in affecting social impact
  • Increased quality of impact strategies and campaigns.

We use stories to incite action and create impact on vital social issues

Annual Impact Report 2022-2023

In FY22-23, Documentary Australia continued its commitment to empowering filmmakers to create and share compelling narratives to drive meaningful social impact.

The financial year saw a growth in the demand for documentary and the presence of Documentary Australia-supported films across various release options. Our commitment also extends beyond the lens, encompassing partner and industry engagement that elevates the collective impact of our endeavours.

Our dedicated community of donors play a pivotal role in our success. Your generous support enables us to bring powerful stories to life and to create real impact on the issues that matter most.