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Annual Report 2015-16

Annual Report 2015-16: About Us

About Us

Established in 1984, with our roots dating back to the 1930s, the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA) is Australia’s premier audiovisual archive and a place of engagement with Australian audiovisual production, past and present, for everyone.

As Australia’s ‘living’ archive of more than two million collection items, we not only collect and preserve but also share the nation’s diverse and exciting film, sound and broadcast heritage. From wax cylinders to MP3s, from flammable celluloid film to the latest multiplatform digital works, we capture and make accessible the nation’s creative output, including a unique Indigenous collection.

The NFSA operates under the National Film and Sound Archive Act 2008 and is a corporate Commonwealth entity governed in accordance with the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013.


In early 2015 we released the NFSA Strategic Plan 2015–18 highlighting our five Strategic Priorities. These articulate a clear set of criteria and values for our engagement with industry and the community.

Our five Strategic Priorities for 2015–16 were:

  • A ‘living’ archive – for everyone
  • Developing leadership in the digital environment
  • The creator’s archive
  • Indigenous connections
  • Maximising and increasing our resources.

More information about the NFSA Strategic Plan 2015–18 can be found online.