The NFSA television collection includes many iconic moments in Australian television from its beginning in 1956 to the present. Read more »

News from the Capital

Highlights from Canberra’s first commercial TV station, CTC 7.

Television Drama

Collecting contemporary and classic Australian TV drama.

News & Current Affairs

We hold TV news collections dating back to the 1960s.

Television Partnerships

Building a record of Australian television through partnerships.

TV Collection Highlights

Highlights from our television Collection.

Collection Offers

Do you have TV material to offer the NFSA?

About the Collection

The NFSA television collection includes many iconic moments in Australian television from its beginning in 1956 to the present: TV dramas such as Homicide (1964-1976), Time of our Lives (2013-2014) and Love Child (2014-2015); mini-series such as Against the Wind (1978) and Party Tricks (2014); telemovies such as Carlotta (2013); music and variety shows such as RocKwiz (2005-Present) and The Graham Kennedy Show (1972-1975).

It also features game and reality shows such as Deal or No Deal (2003-2013) and The Block (2003-2004, 2010-current), as well as a number of Australia’s greatest sporting moments and critical news events and current affairs programs.

The size of Australia’s television industry means, however, that the NFSA can only acquire a fraction of the programs we see on our television that are available across digital and analogue broadcasting platforms and include free to air, subscription, community and internet TV.

Program selection is based on a title’s cultural, historic and aesthetic significance and is guided by the NFSA’s collection policy. The collection strives to document the development of the Australian television industry, including examples of early television tests prior to commencement of regular TV broadcast in 1956; the introduction of subscription television in 1995; creation of Indigenous television service National Indigenous Television (NITV) on 13 July 2007 and the introduction of multiple digital channels.

It also documents the technical changes and challenges the industry has faced: the introduction of videotape, satellites, colour TV, 3D television, internet TV to Australia’s transition to digital television from first switch off of the analogue signal in Mildura in June 2010 to its conclusion in Melbourne in December 2013.

Nine News Melbourne story about the final switch-off of analogue television in Australia in Melbourne on 12 December 2013. Courtesy Nine Network, Melbourne.

  NFSA title: 1172763

You can view a curated selection of Australian television titles on australianscreen.

Collection Offers

If you have television material that you wish to offer the NFSA, see the Collection offers page or contact:

TV Unit
National Film and Sound Archive
PH: 02 6248 2000
Freecall: 1800 067 274