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

For Canberra 100, highlights from Canberra’s first commercial television station, CTC 7.

Television Drama

The NFSA collects historical and contemporary Australian TV drama.

News and Current Affairs

The NFSA holds TV news collections dating back to the 1960s.

Television Partnerships

Building a record of Australian television through partnerships.

Television Collection Highlights

Highlights from the TV Collection.

Collection Offers

Do you have TV material to offer the NFSA?

About the Collection

The NFSA television collection includes many iconic moments in Australian television from its beginning in 1956 to the present: TV dramas such as Homicide (1964-1976), Underbelly (2008-current), and Rake (2010); mini-series such as Against the Wind (1978) and The Slap (2011); telemovies such as the The King (2007); music and variety shows such as Six O’Clock Rock (1959-62) and Rove (1999-2009).

It also features game and reality shows such as Wheel of Fortune (1981-2008) and Masterchef (2009-current), as well as a number of Australia’s greatest sporting moments and critical news events and current affairs programs.

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

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

It also documents the technical changes and challenges the industry has faced: the introduction of videotape, satellites, colour TV, 3D television, internet TV and the first switch off of the analogue signal.

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

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