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ACT & Region as your Backdrop


The region offers native bushland, scenic coastlines, alpine peaks and sweeping rural plains – a region of natural diversity with the modern cityscape of Canberra at its heart.

The ACT is home to Australia’s National Capital, Canberra, situated on the magnificent Lake Burley Griffin and surrounded by regional NSW that together form the Capital Region.

The ACT and Capital Region is a unique part of Australia, offering an amazing array of diverse locations. Along with breathtaking landscapes, the region’s coastline is pristine, with equally untouched hinterlands and rainforests. The Capital Region boasts the highest mountain in Australia; virgin white snow; sweeping grasslands; vineyards; diverse farming infrastructure; fishing fleets; quaint heritage villages full of colonial architecture and gold rush legacies, and of course Canberra, the Nation’s Capital with its monumental buildings and urban city-scapes.

General Information

Canberra is a modern city, set within extensive parks and gardens and enjoys four distinct seasons. Located on the ancient lands of the Indigenous Ngunnawal people, Canberra’s name is thought to mean ‘meeting place’, derived from the Aboriginal word Kamberra. Your nation’s capital is the home of the Australian story. Discover the national attractions which house our shared history, culture, flora, art, knowledge, law and identity.

The Australian Capital is the ideal place to set your film within the many treasures of the surrounding region. The sapphire blue waters and beaches of the South Coast, the rural tranquillity of Southern Highlands and the highest alpine peaks in the Snowy Mountains are within comfortable driving distance of the city. The region is home to historic townships, unspoilt nature, excellent wineries, world-class arts and crafts and gourmet produce.

Logistics

Much of the region is easily accessible by air, road or rail. Canberra has an international airport and there are a number of smaller airports throughout the region. Sydney is a three-hour drive from Canberra and just 45 minutes by air.

The ACT and Capital Region offers a wide variety of accommodation from five star hotels to quaint B&B’s. Many of the region’s towns have excellent motel accommodation. Camping is permitted in some areas of National Parks.

Weather

The national capital’s four distinctive seasons bring their own beauty and charm, making Canberra a rare treat among Australian cities providing a kaleidoscope of colour throughout the year. Each season brings a new delight.  Visit Canberra  has a wealth of information about the city.


Spring
September 1 – November 30 

Spring is a truly glorious time. Canberra is home to Australia’s celebration of spring highlighted by Floriade. The city bursts into colour as trees blossom and regional vineyards and orchards burst in bud.  Pack a few warmer items of clothing as you can expect some cool mornings, bright, sunny days and brisk nights. Spring is ideal for bushwalking and cycling around the lakes.


Summer
December 1 – Februrary 28

Grab your hat and don short sleeves. Canberra’s summer delivers endless opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors, especially on Lake Burley Griffin where plenty of water sports and activities await. Days are warm to hot, with plenty of sunshine and low humidity, followed by cooler nights.


Autumn (fall)
March 1 – May 31

Autumn or fall in Canberra is a true delight as the city’s parks and gardens take on a colourful appeal. Canberra’s stunning cityscape plunges into hues of red, gold, russet, ochre and crimson as exotic trees turn balanced by native eucalyptus and coniferous trees. The season is blessed with cool nights and mild days. Bring a warm jacket and hat.


Winter
June 1 – August 31

We don’t shy away from our true winters. Canberra winters are the perfect time to snuggle up in front of a fire with a big glass of cool climate wine. The nights and early mornings are brisk, but frosts and occasional fog generally clear to striking sunny days, so you can still can enjoy bike riding and walks by the lake on the cool fresh days. This is the time to step out in your best winter finery. Boots, hats, scarves and gloves are a real comfort as well as a fashion statement.

Time-Zone

We are on the same time zone as the Sydney – for more deatils check out Time-Zone.

Currency

For more information on the Australia dollar and current rates, check out Currency.

Location Services

ScreenACT actively encourages commercial filming and endeavours to make the production process as easy as possible in the ACT. We can provide location advice and   assistance with obtaining  access to Territory and Commonwealth controlled locations.

Filmmakers and production companies interested in locations found within the ACT are encouraged to browse through our Location Gallery and to contact the location owner directly to confirm filming permission requirements.   Film Friendly Contacts provide important links to make the process run smoothly.

If required we can also provide professional scouting services for an extra charge based on an hourly rate.

For any information regarding location services or recommendations, please contact Christian at locations@screenact.com.au

 

Enquire about Scouting Service

If you require extra assistance on sourcing locations, ScreenACT can provide location scouting services.  Please contact Victor Willis on victor.willis@screenact.com.au or (02) 61625173.

ACT Public Roads and Parking Related Matters

Roads ACT

T: (02) 6207 6601

E: slobodan.paunovic@act.gov.au

W: www.tams.act.gov.au/roads-transport

Road closures will require prior approval with a Temporary Traffic Management (TTM) plan; (TTM approval forms)
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All the requirements can be found in the “Special Events Handbook“.

 

Other useful information can be found here:

 

ACT Nature Parks, National Parks, Forests, Reserves & Public Land

Parks and City Services

T: (02) 6205 8794

F: (02) 6207 2544

E: environment_eventsandcamping@act.gov.au

W: www.tams.act.gov.au

Fax request two weeks prior to visit; no fees, although costs might be incurred for after hours access or power requirements

Commonwealth Land

(including the Parliamentary Zone, Anzac Parade, Commonwealth Park, Lake Burley Griffin, Commonwealth Avenue Bridge and Kings Avenue Bridge)

National Capital Authority (NCA)

The National Capital Authority control the Commonwealth lands which is in essence the Parliamentary Triangle.

T: (02) 6271 2888

E: michael.carn@natcap.gob.au

W: www.nationalcapital.gov.au

Application forms available; approval requires approximately 3 working days.

Please see the NCA’s various information sheets and application forms:

Permits

The Capital Region is a unique part of Australia crossing state and territory boundaries. Responsibility for filming approvals in the region is shared between the ACT, NSW and Commonwealth Governments, depending on the proposed location of your production.

Land in the ACT is governed by two separate authorities: the National Capital Authority, which governs the majority of Commonwealth land in the ACT, and the ACT Government, which governs all other public land in the ACT. Land in the NSW Capital Region is governed by federal, NSW and local governments – see below for information on filming in areas of the Capital Region within NSW.

Filming in the ACT and/or Capital Region generally requires the approval of permits for all locations that will be involved in the filming process.

This section outlines general requirements attached to applications to film on public locations within the ACT and some of the key contacts from whom permission may be required prior to filming.

For ease, have a look at this flowchart to determine the required authority & permit.  There are always exceptions to the rules however, and this is just a useful guide. If unsure, contact ScreenACT or the relevant authority.

 

This is an interactive map. You can zoom in and out and click on the shapes to find out more.

 

Standard Requirements for filming in the ACT

GENERAL PRINCIPLES

The following general principles apply to any film production operating in the ACT and Capital Region:

Most public locations in the ACT have established approval processes in place. Many do not require fees for using their location for filming, unless you require a certain level of services or assistance in relation to the filming activity. However, filmmakers are strongly urged to investigate and seek the appropriate approvals for location filming well in advance of proposed shoot dates, to allow sufficient time to process applications.

  • All location owners will require evidence that the production company has adequate Public Liability Insurance.
  • The authorities responsible for public locations in the ACT will also generally require a Risk Management Plan to be submitted with the permit application.
  • Filmmakers are reminded that, in carrying out filming activities, they are guests and are expected to behave appropriately.

 

STANDARD REQUIREMENTS

All productions applying to film on public locations in the ACT must have:

Public Liability Insurance
Risk Management Plan

OTHER SPECIAL CONDITION REQUIREMENTS

Other forms, applications and fees may be required depending upon the nature of your production. These may include one or a number of the following:

  • Contingency Plan
  • Works Approval Application
  • Temporary Traffic Management (TTM) Plans / Road Closures
  • ACT Policing
  • Public Consultation and Notification
  • Consultation when filming on Indigenous-authorised areas
  • Financial Bond
  • Permits, Information and Application Forms
  • Temporary Traffic Management Plan Approval Forms
  • Roads ACT’s Special Events Handbook
  • Events on Unleased Territory Land
  • Application to use a public place
  • Criteria for an event in the National Capital

Commercial Filming in the National Capital
Guidelines to planning an event in the National Capital

General Principles for film productions in the ACT

The following general principles apply to any film production operating in the ACT and Capital Region:

  • Most public locations in the ACT have established approval processes in place. Many do not require fees for using their location for filming, unless you require a certain level of services or assistance in relation to the filming activity. However, filmmakers are strongly urged to investigate and seek the appropriate approvals for location filming well in advance of proposed shoot dates, to allow sufficient time to process applications.
  • All location owners will require evidence that the production company has adequate Public Liability Insurance.
  • The authorities responsible for public locations in the ACT will also generally require a Risk Management Plan to be submitted with the permit application.
  • Filmmakers are reminded that, in carrying out filming activities, they are guests and are expected to behave appropriately.

All productions intending to film on public land of the ACT must have:

  • Public Liability Insurance
  • Risk Management Plan

 

Special Condition Requirements that may apply when filming in the ACT

Other forms, applications and fees may be required depending upon the nature of your production. These may include:

  • Contingency Plan
  • Works Approval Application
  • Temporary Traffic Management (TTM) Plans / Road Closure
  • ACT Policing
  • Public Consultation and Notification
  • Consultation when filming on Indigenous-authorised areas
  • Financial Bond