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No stranger to Bollywood, the Australian city of Melbourne offers stunning cityscapes, beautiful natural locations and a multicultural backdrop for Indian cinema

There is a lot to love about Melbourne. This sophisticated city in the south-east corner of mainland Australia inspires a deep passion for those who visit. Melbourne is very much about lifestyle. It is no huge surprise to residents that their city has been ranked as one of the world’s most livable cities.

Lovely, laid-back Melbourne has something for every filmmaker: family set-ups, local and international art galleries, multicultural Australian and aboriginal history, spectator sports and a pulsing, swanky nightlife. The city is bestowed with vibrant surroundings, unbeatable spacious parks and village-like inner suburbs, each with their own special character. Melbourne is a young city and it’s never still. Modern, cutting-edge designs add to the fascinating mix of heritage architecture and ensure that the skyline is constantly changing.

With easy access to stunning beaches, forests, wineries and rustic country towns, the local lifestyle is a living celebration of what Melbournians hold dear. Melbourne is also the second-largest city in Australia and the capital of the state of Victoria. It stands on a coastal plain at the top of the giant horseshoe-shaped Port Phillip Bay, which also serves as the mouth of the mighty Yarra River. Melbourne is perhaps Australia’s most cultured and politically conservative city.


Melbourne has a moderate oceanic climate and is known for its changeable weather. This is mainly due to its location on the boundary of the very hot inland areas and the cold southern ocean. This temperature differential is most pronounced in the spring and summer months and can cause very strong cold fronts to form. These cold fronts can be responsible for all sorts of severe weather from gales to severe thunderstorms and hail, large temperature drops, and heavy rain.

The incentives are a simple grant system provided in the form of a cash rebate at the end of production. All funds are negotiated on a project-by-project basis.


Production Incentive Attraction Fund (PIAF)

The PIAF grant is designed to attract inter-state or offshore productions to film or post-produce/VFX feature films or television series in the region. It is designed to attract inter-state or offshore feature films, television series, reality programmes, mini-series, telemovies, animation series and documentaries to film or post-produce in Melbourne. The grant is offered as a cash rebate on a minimum production and/or post production/VFX spends.


Footloose productions (ie, projects which have qualified inter-state and/or international alternatives) that spend a minimum 70 per cent of the total production budget in Victoria or a minimum AU $ 3.5 million are eligible for a PIAF grant. In the case of post-production/VFX only grants, either a minimum of three Victorian post-production/VFX services must be used or a minimum of AU $ 5,00,000 is spent on Victorian post-production/VFX services.

Regional Location Assistance Fund (RLAF)

The RLAF grant is designed to encourage productions to use locations outside metropolitan Melbourne. RLAF assists projects by offsetting some of the additional costs incurred when filming in regional areas such as accommodation, living overheads and travel.


The project must use regional Victorian locations during principal photography for a minimum of five shooting days.


Location Offset

The Australian Government’s Location Offset provides a 16.5-per cent rebate on qualifying expenditure to large-budget film and television productions which film in Australia. The Location Offset is available to productions with a minimum Australian expenditure of AU $ 15 million.

Post/Digital/VFX Offset

The Producer Offset is designed to encourage the production of Australian film and television projects by providing a 40-per cent rebate on qualifying expenditure for feature films and a 20-per cent rebate on qualifying expenditure for all other formats. To qualify for this, applicants must demonstrate that the project has significant Australian content and passes the relevant threshold and eligibility tests.

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