Taking advantage of the pristine and unique film, television and commercial photography locations in outback Australia also means working in remote areas accompanied by a lack of infrastructure and associated services normally taken for granted when working in cities and towns. Below are some of the location and production services issues that companies need to be aware of before quoting jobs for clients.
Native title is the recognition by Australian law that some Indigenous people have rights and interests to the land that come from their traditional laws and customs. It falls into two categories: Exclusive and Non-Exlcusive and there are fees associated with accessing these areas as well as employing a Cultural Liaison Officer or rangers for the duration of the shoot (their job is advisory but also to ensure that sites and areas of significance are appropriately navigated). Nearly half of Western Australia is under or pending Native Title, and most outback areas of South Australia, Northern Territory and Queensland are also subject to native title.
A Temporary Activity Visa (subclass 408) covers people who want to come to Australia on a temporary basis to undertake work in the entertainment industry in film, television or live productions in either a performance or behind-the-scenes role, such as directing, producing and other production roles.
VISA FEES & CHARGES – From the table select “WORK” tab
In almost all instances a combination of local, state, even federal government departments may require some sort of protocol whether it be as simple as written notification through to a more formal filming agreement. Many of these departments overlap the same areas and are also subject to Native Title requirements.
Well over half of outback Australia falls under Pastoral Leases. These Station Owners are invariably worth their weight in gold when shooting in regional and remote locations and should be accounted for and recompensed appropriately. Almost all pastoral stations are leased and potentially subject to Native Title and Government clearance as well.