Collection enquiries

Material from the NFSA Collection can be made available for viewing or listening at any of our collection access centres. Items can be loaned or copied for off-site access with permission of third party copyright owners or agreement of the NFSA.

The NFSA does not usually hold the copyright for the works in its collection, so clearing the right to use material and seeking permission from the copyright holder will be the responsibility of whoever wishes to use the material. Indigenous material is made available in accordance with NFSA’s Indigenous protocols.

Copying and loan services are prioritised for the media production sectors and for scholarly and educational interests. We are unable to provide copies or loans of collection items for personal use unless a direct personal connection such as an appearance or performance by a family member can be established.

Accessing collection items

We can help you:

  1. compile a list of items of interest using search the collection
  2. review your list by clicking 'view my list’
  3. send us your access request via the online form (use the red access request button).

Fees and conditions

The following fees and conditions of use apply:
Copying and handling fees
Usage fees
Conditions of use

Contact us

Contact access staff by email: access@nfsa.gov.au

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Can you contribute?

Here’s how in 5 easy steps

  1. Go to the main Collection Search.
  2. Search for the production title using Easy Search, select Film or Television and click on Search.
  3. From the Results page, click on the entry that appears for that title searched. Once you click on the entry, you will get a page which includes “Title Details”.
  4. If you see anything incorrect or missing in the credits listed there, click on the data corrections link corrections@nfsa.gov.au at the bottom of the page to send an email with your suggested corrections.
  5. The NFSA Collection Information Staff will respond to your email and validate the suggested corrections. For any contradictory information received, the NFSA will retain the right to determine the authorised credits for the production.

Why is this important?

The NFSA catalogue is the most complete record of Australian production we have. Because it includes credits for the crew as well as director and producer it gives a particularly useful historical picture for serious researchers.

Your contribution is important to help make the over 800,000 records in the database as informative as possible. Over the years, the NFSA cataloguing team has been improving the entries but your help is very much needed. So, do check your films on the NFSA catalogue and also pass this appeal on to your friends.

The NFSA was established through the efforts of all involved in the audiovisual industry and it is really up to us to help make it the best resource it can be.

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