Working with Indigenous People, Content and Country
All land in Australia is Indigenous land. It is essential that proper respect for Indigenous cultural beliefs, heritage, intellectual property rights, individuals, communities and Country is upheld in every stage of the filmmaking process.
Top 10 things to know
- All land in Australia is Indigenous land.
- When working in Australia, filmmakers need to understand and respect that Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Indigenous peoples are the traditional owners of the land. They have been connected to and caring for the land for over 60,000 years.
- Indigenous peoples have cultural responsibilities and rights in relation to the land of which they are the traditional owners. This knowledge becomes critical for filmmakers who wish to film in Western Australia, particularly in regional or remote areas.
- There are hundreds of different Aboriginal groups within Australia, each with their own distinctive language, customs and lore.
- Establishing who the local traditional owners are prior to filming and creating a working relationship with them, will assist greatly in knowing what areas are sacred and what the appropriate protocols are for access or filming.
- “No stories about us, without us.”
- If your project contains Indigenous content, concepts or cultural elements, it is absolutely essential that you have Indigenous filmmakers or consultants on your team. If you don’t, are you the right person to be telling this story?
- You should identify Indigenous elements as early as possible to ensure you implement the correct filmmaking protocols throughout the life of your project.
- If you are filming on Indigenous lands controlled by the Aboriginal Lands Trust (ALT) or vested in the Aboriginal Affairs Planning Authority (AAPA), you will need to obtain a permit through the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage.
- Screenwest requires that all funding applicants comply with protocols related to the treatment of Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property Rights (ICIP), which refers to the rights that Indigenous people have to protect their traditional arts and culture.
For more information on Indigenous Content, People, Consultation, Consent, Collaboration, Location Permits and more, see the below which contains helpful links and resources.