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

Australian television works produced over the past 60 years, represent one of the most significant moving image collections held within the NFSA.

Many of the country’s most iconic, successful and culturally important television programs form part of the NFSA’s collection, dating from transmission commencement in 1956 to the present day. The NFSA preserves titles across all key television genres including drama and comedy series, news and current affairs, music and variety shows, children’s programs, lifestyle, sport and reality, quiz and game shows, live specials, advertisements and many moments in Australian history made famous through television broadcasting.

Examples of the television collection include:

  • Programs produced by all the major city and regional commercial and subscription television networks: Foxtel, Imparja Television, NBN, Nine, PRIME7, Seven, Sky News Australia, Southern Cross Austereo, Ten, WIN Television
  • Community television networks and producers including: Channel 31, CTV-1 , RMITV, SKATV
  • Major television production companies including:

Artist Services
Australian Children’s Television Foundation
Carbon Media
Cordell Jigsaw Zapruder
Crawford Productions
Grundy Organisation/FremantleMedia Australia
Jonathan M Shiff Productions
Kennedy Miller Mitchell
Lewis-Young Productions/Television House
NLT Productions
Pacific Films/Roger Mirams Productions
Southern Star/Endemol Shine Australia
Working Dog

and thousands of hours of programs produced by other producers and production companies across 60 years of television broadcasting in Australia.

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

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; the creation of Indigenous television service National Indigenous Television (NITV) on 13 July 2007, the introduction of multiple digital channels and the rise of television streaming platforms.

The television collection also documents the technical changes and challenges the industry has faced: from the introduction of videotape, satellites, colour TV , 3D television, and 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