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About Documentary Australia

We are Australia’s only not-for-profit organisation that fosters social change through documentary storytelling.


Our small team supports powerful documentaries by placing them at the heart of social impact campaigns and surrounding them with discerning funders, not-for-profits, educators, policy-makers and communities. Browse documentary projects.

We offer guidance and expertise that helps each sector work together to use documentary to further advocacy and impact goals. 

We act as a fiscal sponsor for documentary films, providing them with Deductible Gift Recipient Status, which makes it possible for philanthropists to tax-effectively collaborate with filmmakers to tell stories that change lives. Learn more.

Our mission

We exist to raise awareness, create empathy and inspire action on important social issues. By connecting independent documentary filmmakers with likeminded individuals and organisations on the front-lines of social change, we amplify the impact of each documentary to encourage compassion, activism and social transformation. 

Why documentary?

Educates and informs 
Fosters understanding
Changes attitudes
Encourages empathy
Empowers audiences
Inspires social justice
Recognises diversity
Connects global communities
Informs policy
Leverages philanthropy
Accelerates change

To make a difference, to just about any issue, telling a story through documentary and getting it seen by the right audience is one of the most effective things you can do.

                                                                                                                                                                                          - Dr. Mitzi Goldman, CEO

Our impact

Since 2008, we’ve approved hundreds of documentary projects for fiscal sponsorship with close to 5000 individual donors showing support. Over ten years we’ve raised over $20m, with $14m raised as co-hosts of GoodPitch2 Australia.

By empowering filmmakers to tell unique, difficult and inspiring stories we allow audiences to engage with films that inspire change across our six issue areas:

      - Human rights and social justice

      - Health and wellbeing

      - Youth and education

      - Environment

      - Indigenous

      - The Arts

DAF was the recipient of the 2013 AIDC Stanley Hawes Award for outsanding contribution to the Australian documentary film industry and was a nominee for the 2015 Sydney Peace Prize - an acknowledgement of the power of documentary as a uniting tool in the pursuit of peace.

Read >> Interview with Dr Mitzi Goldman, CEO Documentary Australia Foundation via GoodPitch2Australia

Read >> Documentary Australia Review 2008-2016: Heart Of Our Story

Join our powerful movement and support social impact documentary.

We are seeking multi-year philanthropic partners to contribute to the funding that keeps us doing the work we do. 

Become a partner




Phone:02 9397 1497

Mail:52 Victoria Street - Paddington NSW 2021 - Australia