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SCREEN AUSTRALIA

Role:

Administrator

Department:

Program Operations

Duration:

August 2022 - Present

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About:

Screen Australia is a Federal Government agency charged with supporting Australian screen development, production and promotion.It was established under the Screen Australia Act 2008 and from 1 July 2008 took over the functions and appropriations of its predecessor agencies, the Australian Film Commission (AFC), the Film Finance Corporation Australia (FFC) and Film Australia Limited.

It supports the development, production, promotion and distribution of Australian narrative (drama) and documentary screen content. The agency invests directly in Australian film, television, online titles and games. It also administers the Producer Offset tax incentive for Australian screen stories.

The agency also offers sector-building programs such as Enterprise, initiatives including Gender Matters and funding through Screen Australia’s First Nations Department.

Screen Australia represents Australia’s screen industry internationally, including at festivals, markets and major awards. The agency also tracks and reports on industry health, maintains a database of Australian titles called The Screen Guide and provides free industry resources via Screen News.

The Screen Australia Act 2008 is available on the CommLaw website.

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Responsibilities:

  • Answered application enquiries - pre, during and post application - in relation to all aspects of the funding process, and ensuring all applicants are kept well informed of the process of their application and any outstanding requirements;

  • Responded to general enquiries via email or phone regarding process, terms of trade, guidelines, etc;

  • Processed applications from receipt through to assessment including data entry, liaising with applicant on missing materials, conflict of interest checks and report generation;

  • Conducted thorough reviews of applications against primary and secondary eligibility criteria in line with relevant guidelines, and follow up with applicants to make any necessary corrections;

  • Coordinated assessors (internal and external) by communicating deadlines and providing administrative support of the assessment process;

  • Communicated with the specialty funding area’s unit on all matters regarding eligibility, missing materials, meetings and deadlines;

  • Arranged, prepared, and attended decision meetings and taking minutes as required;

  • Kept up to date with guidelines for each program and any ongoing changes;

  • Ran a variety of routine and ad-hoc reports from the database; and

  • Provided general administrative support with a can-do attitude to the various funding program areas. 

 

Achievements:

  • Coordinated the operations of funding programs across Industry Development (International Finance, International Pitching Events & Talent Labs, and International Strategic Delegations), Festival & Events, and Enterprise Business & People programs;

  • Assisted the operations of funding programs across Story Development, Documentary, Online Production, and First Nations programs; and

  • Assisted in various other funding programs across the agency in operations such as the First Nations Instagram Creators Program, NCIS: Sydney Script Department Program, AIDC: New Voices, New Screens Initiative, AWG The Creators, and more.

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