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Film & Television Requests for Defence Assistance

Defence receives numerous  requests each year to make Defence locations, equipment and other resources available for use in film and TV productions and other non-news media. Each approach is reviewed and considered in light of communicating key Defence messages and whether there is a connection and clear benefit to Defence. We do not provide financial assistance in any form. For policy reasons, Defence cannot provide support to advertisements; the exception being certain community service announcements, and student films and productions.

To help conserve resources and ensure that the Commonwealth's objectives are furthered and its interests protected.

No requests are registered or actioned without the lodgement of the Request for Defence Support form. Requests should be lodged at least 21 days before assistance is required. Requests to film Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) assets require at least three months’ notice. Any requests received outside this timeframe may not be accommodated.

To lodge a request:

  1. Read all the supporting information;
  2. Download the Request for Defence Support in Film, Television and other projects [DOC-36 KB]; and
  3. E-mail the signed form as a PDF to Defence Entertainment Media.

Important Support Information

Please complete the Request for Defence Support in Film, Television and other projects [DOC-100 KB] to formalise your company's request for Defence support, with as much detail as possible. This will provide necessary information which will assist Defence  in evaluating your request.

In the case of film or television productions, the form should be signed by the producer, who should also be named as the (co-)applicant. Researchers, location managers, etc have insufficient legal authority, responsibility and control of the overall production to be able to guarantee compliance with all of the terms and conditions associated with this form. A signed original or e-mailed PDF with a digital signature* are required and, by signing, they indicate that they accept the Terms and Conditions that form part of the request form.

Depending on the degree of non-compliance with the terms and conditions, Defence may seek legal remedies which include but are not limited to monetary recompense, and/or injunction to prevent broadcast, screening, sale or rental or giveaway in DVD/video or other forms, and/or withdrawal of all support to the production.

Where there is no connection with Defence or Defence-related themes or issues, support will not be provided. Defence policy prevents the provision of support where a commercial alternative is available or industrial arrangements may be contravened. Defence has a standing policy of not endorsing products or services and will decline any request where such an endorsement may be inferred or implied. It will not approve requests for support to products or services when there is no current business relationship between the supplier and Defence.

Defence receives numerous requests for assistance in film and television production that place demands upon resources and/or have security implications. All requests are treated as being commercial-in-confidence. We do not provide financial assistance as this can put into question a production's editorial independence. A summary of the key messages leading to reputation benefits which Defence looks for when assessing a request is included below assist you in completing the form. You need only complete those sections which are applicable to your situation.

Key Messages

The Defence mission is: to defend Australia and its national interests. All Defence messages flow from this mission statement.

Our role:

  • We protect Australia's interests and help the community in times of need;
  • We work together -- Navy, Army and Air Force with civilian support -- to defend Australia; and
  • We actively promote peace in our region and globally.

Our values consist of:

  • Professionalism;
  • Loyalty;
  • Innovation;
  • Courage;
  • Integrity; and
  • Team work.

Our people:

  • We are dedicated world-class professionals who are well-trained and performing challenging jobs;
  • We offer a rewarding career, providing skills and training that equip our people for life;
  • We are a fair employer and will not tolerate unacceptable behaviour; and
  • We are committed to Pathway to Change, Defence's statement of cultural intent and our strategy for realising that intent. Our work in implementing this strategy starts with accepting individual responsibility or one's own behaviour, assisting others to live the culture, and putting the onus on leaders to be exemplars of positive and visible change at all times. It also involves amending policies and processes that do not align with our cultural intent.

Our performance:

  • We are proud of our performance and continue to strive for improvement;
  • We continue to build our high-tech capability to meet Australia's defence requirements;
  • We are a highly-valued part of the Australian community with a proud history to uphold; and
  • We are trusted to defend, proven to deliver, and respectful always.