Film Australia Collection

The NFSA is the proud custodian of the Film Australia Collection (FAC), preserving and providing access to the nation’s documentary record – our collective memory. Read more »

FAC licensing

Preserving FAC titles and providing content creators with access to footage, stills and documentation.

FAC Program Sales

Distributing FAC titles to broadcasters, education institutions and home viewers.

NFSA Online Shop

NFSA and Film Australia documentary DVDs for sale.

FAC Digital Learning

Explore our media-rich online education resources.


Watch Australian Government films from the past 100 years.


One hundred years, 100 images from the FAC.

About the Film Australia Collection

The Film Australia Collection spans 1913 to 2008 and includes over 3,000 Commonwealth documentary and docu-drama titles produced by the Cinema and Photographic Branch (1913–38), Australian National Film Board for the Department of Information (1939–49), Department of the Interior (1950–55), Commonwealth Film Unit (1956–72), Film Australia (1973–87) and Film Australia Limited (1988–2008).

The mission of Film Australia and its predecessors was to produce an audiovisual record of Australian life. Film Australia became one of the nation’s leading producers of television documentaries and educational programs and served as a training ground for some of the biggest names in Australia’s film industry. Fred Schepisi, Phillip Noyce, Peter Weir, Dean Semler, Anthony Buckley, Jan Sharp, Gillian Armstrong, Tim Burstall and many others developed their early careers at Film Australia.

On 1 July 2011 all of the rights and obligations of Film Australia Limited – Library and Sales were transferred under the Screen Australia (Transfer of Assets) Act 2011 from Screen Australia to the NFSA. From this date the Film Australia Library collection was renamed the Film Australia Collection (FAC).

The NFSA is now the proud custodian of the FAC, preserving and providing access to the nation’s documentary record – our collective memory. In addition to its extensive audiovisual holdings and the associated stills, documentation and promotional materials, the FAC continues to enable filmmakers to produce new content.

FAC licensing

The NFSA preserves, manages the rights and provides access to the titles in the FAC collection, including film, tape, digital files, stills and related rights management documentation.

The NFSA’s Collection Reference team manages the FAC footage and stills licensing as well as access to the National Documentary Program materials, third party rights and restricted materials (including Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property rights).

To discover the FAC through preview clips, still images and detailed title and shot information, visit the Film Australia Collection.

For all Library enquiries 
ph: +61 2 8202 0142

FAC Program Sales and Distribution

FAC Program Sales and Distribution is a worldwide marketing and distribution service for FAC titles, licensing to broadcasters and other media platforms in Australia and overseas, and distributing to retail outlets, educational institutions, libraries and community groups.

It manages current and ongoing program licences, domestic and international distribution agreements and contractual obligations, and entitlements and royalties to investors and producers of Film Australia and National Interest Programs.

The catalogue consists of a wide range of documentaries on social issues, arts, history, the environment and Indigenous issues. To browse the catalogues, search and order programs, visit Film Australia Collection Program Sales.

For all Program Sales enquiries
ph: +61 2 8202 0144

100th Anniversary stills showcase

Film Australia Collection © NFSA

This showreel is a tribute to Film Australia’s many filmmakers, their subjects and stories. Stills are also available for viewing on our Flickr channel.