Our contact details and locations
General correspondence should be directed to:
Tel: +61 2 6248 2000
Fax: +61 2 6248 2222
Toll-free: 1800 067 274 (within Australia only)
Email: enquiries [at] nfsa.gov.au
NFSA office locations
The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia operates from several locations in Australia.
ACTON ACT 2601
GPO Box 2002
CANBERRA ACT 2601
Visitor Information (Acton, Canberra)
Monday – Friday: 9.00am – 5.00pm
Weekends and public holidays: closed
Open out-of-hours for advertised events.
Level 1, 45 Murray Street
PYRMONT NSW 2009
PO Box 397
PYRMONT NSW 2009
Tel: +61 2 8202 0100
Fax: +61 2 8202 0101
Level 4, 2 Kavanagh St
Southbank VIC 3006
GPO Box 4317
MELBOURNE VIC 3001
Collection donation enquiries
We acquire new material in accordance with our collection policy and statement of curatorial values. If you would like to speak to a curator about a possible collection donation, contact us via email at collection [at] nfsa.gov.au.
Collection reference team
Advice and assistance from NFSA Collection Reference Officers is available to researchers, students and industry practitioners seeking to access the national collection for new productions, exhibitions and research. If you would like to speak to a member of our collection reference team in relation to collection content access and viewing, contact us via email at access [at] nfsa.gov.au or via phone on +61 2 6248 2091.
We offer facilities for clients to access items from the NFSA collection in their capital city. Contact details and locations for our access centres are listed below.
NFSA Adelaide Access Centre
State Library of South Australia
North Terrace and Kintore Ave
ADELAIDE SA 5000
Tel: +61 8 8207 7231
Fax: +61 8 8207 7247
NFSA Brisbane Access Centre
State Library of Queensland
Cnr Stanley and Peel St
SOUTH BRISBANE QLD 4101
Tel: + 61 7 3840 7810
NFSA Darwin Access Centre
Northern Territory Library
Cnr Bennett and Mitchell Streets
DARWIN NT 0801
Tel: + 61 8 8999 7177
NFSA Hobart Access Centre
State Library of Tasmania
Level 2, 91 Murray Street
HOBART TAS 7000
Tel: +61 3 6165 5538
Fax: +61 3 6233 7902
NFSA Perth Access Centre
State Library of Western Australia
25 Francis Street
Perth WA 6000
Tel: +61 8 9427 3111
Fax: +61 8 9427 3256
For information on our client service charter, our values and how to provide feedback to the NFSA, please visit
Our functions and powers
The functions and powers of the NFSA are set out in sections 6 and 7 of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia Act 2008, as follows.
Section 6. Functions
(1) The functions of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia are to:
(a) develop, preserve, maintain, promote and provide access to a national collection of programs and related material; and
(b) support and promote the collection by others of programs and related material in Australia; and
(c) support, promote or engage in:
(i) the preservation and maintenance of programs and related materials that are not in the national collection; and
(ii) the provision of access to programs and related material that are not in the national collection; and
(d) support and promote greater understanding and awareness in Australia of programs; and
(e) undertake any other function conferred on it by any other law of the Commonwealth.
Ways in which support may be provided
(2) The ways in which the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia may provide support as mentioned in subsection (1) include (but are not limited to) doing any of the following:
(a) providing financial assistance (whether by way of loan, grant, investment or otherwise and whether on commercial terms or otherwise);
(b) commissioning or sponsoring programs or other activities;
(c) providing services, facilities, programs or equipment;
but does not include providing guarantees.
Considerations governing the performance of functions
(3) In performing its functions, the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia is, as far as practical, to:
(a) place an emphasis on the historical and cultural significance of programs and related material; and
(b) use every endeavour to make the most advantageous use of the national collection in the national interest; and
(c) apply the highest curatorial standards; and
(d) promote the efficient, effective and ethical use of public resources.
National Film and Sound Archive of Australia may charge fees
(4) The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia may charge fees for things done in performing its functions.
National Film and Sound Archive of Australia may cooperate with others
(5) The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia may perform its functions alone or together with other persons.
(6) Without limiting its effect apart from this subsection, this Act also has the effect it would have if the powers and functions of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia were confined to powers and functions that were to be exercised and performed:
(a) in so far as it is appropriate for those powers and functions to be exercised and performed by the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia on behalf of the Government of the Commonwealth as the national Government of Australia; and
(b) for purposes for which it is appropriate for the Parliament, as the national Parliament of Australia, to authorise the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia to exercise powers and perform functions; and
(c) in relation to expenditure of money that is available for the purposes of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia in accordance with an appropriation made by the Parliament; and
(d) in relation to trade and commerce with other countries, among the States, between Territories or between a Territory and a State; and
(e) in relation to postal, telegraphic, telephonic, and other like services; and
(f) in relation to the collection of statistics; and
(g) in relation to external affairs; and
(h) in relation to a Territory; and
(i) in relation to the executive power of the Commonwealth; and
(j) in relation to matters incidental to the execution of any of the legislative powers of the Parliament or the executive power of the Commonwealth.
Section 7. Powers
(1) The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia has power to do all things necessary or convenient to be done for or in connection with the performance of its functions.
(2) The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia’s powers include, but are not limited to, the following powers:
(a) to accept gifts, devises, bequests and assignments (whether on trust or otherwise);
(b) to act as trustee of money, programs or other property vested in the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia on trust;
(c) to act on behalf of the Commonwealth or an authority of the Commonwealth in the administration of a trust relating to programs or to matters connected with programs;
(d) to do anything incidental to any of its functions.
(3) Despite anything contained in this Act, any money, programs or other property held by the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia on trust must be dealt with in accordance with the obligations of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia as trustee of the trust.
Acquisition highlights for 2016–17
- Current film productions, including Lion (Garth Davis, 2017), Ali’s Wedding (Jeffrey Walker, 2017), A Cinematic Life (Sally Aitken, 2017), Australia Day (Kriv Stenders, 2017), The Will to Fly (2016), Lost Property Office (Asa Lucander, 2015), Last Drinks at Frida’s (Bjorn Stewart, 2017), Let’s See How Fast this Baby Can Go (Julietta Boscolo, 2016)
- Australian retrospective features prints and pre-print elements delivered on 35mm, including Crocodile Dundee II (John Cornell, 1998), My Brilliant Career (Gillian Armstrong, 1979), Cappuccino (Antony J Bowman, 1989)
- A rare cricket film from 1901 – KS Ranjitsinhji and CB Fry displaying cricket batting techniques. This is a film on paper in the form of a Kinora reel, a proprietary format requiring a special viewer. Since the NFSA collection did not include a Kinora viewer at the time, NFSA curators and Digital and Media Operations staff improvised a mechanism and a short film was produced in the process. (A Kinora viewer has since been acquired)
- A significant 16mm collection of five reels expected to have been shot by Sydney lawyer and amateur photographer, Arthur Wigram Allen, in the 1920s. His photography collection has been noted for its fresh insight into the Edwardian years of Sydney
- Madeleine – a virtual reality horror film produced in South Australia. Written by Colin Cairnes and Cameron Cairnes (100 Bloody Acres, Scare Campaign) the film was screened at the Adelaide Film Festival and the Sydney Film Festival.
- The Rolling Stone Australia Photographic Archive, comprising over 5,000 photographic prints and transparencies used by Rolling Stone Australia from the early 1970s onwards. Launched by Phillip Frazer in 1972, Rolling Stone Australia is the longest surviving international edition of Rolling Stone
- A rare copy of Vic Simms’ 1973 album, The Loner, which had long been on our most wanted list. The Loner is considered to be one of the first albums of Indigenous protest music, and was recorded by Simms when he was incarcerated in Bathurst Gaol in 1973. The donation was made by a member of the public following their visit to the Archives’ Reconciliation Week edition of the Vinyl Lounge
- A collection of 1,746 CDs documenting recent Australian sound recordings which we selected from ABC Archives. This represents a strong cross-section of recent music broadcast by ABC Radio
- A collection of seven Pathé vertical-cut disc records published between 1909 and 1912. The recordings feature Melbourne-born music hall star, Billy Williams, who was one of the most popular and most widely recorded entertainers of the early recording era
- Five experimental musical instruments created by Rod Cooper, including a ‘noise toy’, ‘cassette tape eraser with magnetic tools’, ‘desk drone with pick-up (microphone)’, and a ‘monocord’. Rod has spent over two decades exploring the sonic qualities of metallic instruments and experimental recording techniques and he performs both nationally and internationally
- A rare copy of the split record by Severed Heads and Rythmyx Chymx, Ear Bitten/No Vowels, No Bowels (1980), the debut release for both groups. Only around 400 copies of the records were made and they were sold with home-made sleeve art
- A collection of 240 albums from a range of new Australian music distributed digitally via Bandcamp
- A total of 3,150 digital audio files from the Australian Music Radio Airplay Project.
Broadcast – TV
- A collection of video masters from Deluxe Melbourne, including Mick Jagger – Deep Down Under Live (1988), Sunbury (1972), Little River Band – Live At Expo ‘88 (1988), a 42-minute compilation of Classic Australian TV Commercials, Richard Stubbs – Live At The Last Laugh (1990), Stop the Drop (a 1984 concert screened on BTQ7), and assorted 1950s/60s footage compilations, including the opening of GTV9 Melbourne (1957)
- A 16mm print collection from TCN-9 Engineer, Peter Cox, including Home and Beauty (1958) and Accent On Strings (1956)
- A selection from Ten Network Logie submissions, including The Project, the Studio Ten 60th Anniversary of TV special and the Big Bash League
- Retrospective collections from NEW10 Perth, including news master story compile tapes from 1988–2007 covering WA Inc, motorcycle gangs, corrupt politicians businessmen/police, Royal Commissions, the Claremont serial murders, the Penny Easton affair, cyclones, bushfires, the Perth Wildcats, Perth Glory, the West Coast Eagles and the Fremantle Dockers
- Retrospective collections from ATVO Melbourne, including selected episodes from The Panel, Rove Live, The Morning Show, 9AM with Kim and David, After Midnight, Australian Football League, Australian Grand Prix (F1) and Spring Racing Carnivals
- A collection of Endemol Shine Australia productions, including Gladiators (Series 4, 2008), Megaship – Giant of the Ocean (2005), IslanDares (Series 1, 2003), Joh’s Jury (1992), Police State (1989), Rough Diamonds (1994) and Hidden Worlds, Animal Lifeline (Series 1 & 2)
- An STW9 Perth production library collection, including Guy Baskin documentaries, STW9 corporate history, Appealathon (1975–1991), America’s Cup, Miss Summergirl, Mrs Australia, Perth Young Entertainers, Terry Willesee documentaries, Just Add Water, local Perth/WA commercials and news film and news documentaries
- A selection of Neighbours episodes featuring guest appearances across the series which have included Molly Meldrum, Hamish Blake and Andy Lee, Lily Allen, Shane Warne, The Wiggles, Emma Bunton, Michael Parkinson, Julian Clary and the Australian 30th Neighbours anniversary special episode
- A collection of source interviews conducted by Ivan Hutchinson as part of his Afternoon Movie Show on HSV7. Those interviewed include Joel Schumacher, Ray Liotta, Ruth Cracknell, Bruce Beresford, Philip Noyce, Geoffrey Wright, Russell Crowe, Jane Campion, John Duigan, Meryl Streep, Fred Schepisi and Verity Lambert
- The only surviving episodes of The Evil Touch (1973)
- Pre-1975 Australian TV music programs, including a collection of 16mm kinescopes of the music television program, Country & Western Hour (NWS 9, 1963–69), an episode of Musical Cashbox and an episode of Where The Action Is
- Contemporary Australian TV drama produced and screened across free-to-air and subscription television channels in 2016–17, including Offspring (Series 6, Endemol Shine Australia/Network Ten), Newton’s Law (Series 1, Every Cloud Productions/ABC TV), The Family Law (Series 2, Matchbox Pictures/SBS), Barracuda (Matchbox Pictures/ABC TV ), House Husbands (Series 5, Playmaker Media/Nine Network), I Luv U But (Series 1 & 2, Suitcase Films/online drama web series), Little Acorns (Pocket TV), Deep Water (Blackfella Films/SBS) and Wentworth (Series 4 & 5, Fremantle Media Australia/Foxtel)
- News and current affairs from networks across free-to-air and subscription television, including coverage of the Australian Open, the Tour Down Under, Michael Chamberlain’s death, the Granville train disaster 40th anniversary, the Bourke Street Mall tragedy, the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Darwin, the funeral of VFL captain and broadcaster Lou Richards, coverage of the 50th anniversary of the Traralgon Marathon, and the first week of rostered news for Nine News regional bulletins for the Southern Cross network.
Broadcast – radio
- A collection of quarter-inch tapes featuring programs from community radio station Radio Northern Beaches from the 1980s
- Lacquer discs, including a disc from 1949 featuring Robert Menzies for a Liberal Party commercial, and three lacquer discs containing a 2UW broadcast of a boxing match featuring Vic Patrick from 1941
- Podcasts, including Game Changers (Series 2) and interview series with radio industry figures such as Hamish Blake, Matt Tilley, Amanda Keller, Fifi Box, Richard Stubbs and Tony Martin
- A 2UE archives collection on quarter-inch tape, including compilations of historically significant events from the 1950s to early 2000s, as well as broadcasts by radio legends John Laws and Bob Rogers.
Documents and artefacts
- A personal collection tracing Norma Moriceau’s career as model, photographer, fashion writer and costume designer. Highlights include costume continuity photographs and behind-the-scenes shots from the set of Mad Max II (George Miller, 1981) and Mad Max III (George Miller and George Ogilvie, 1983) and personal photographs taken by Norma
- An autograph book that includes over 90 autographs from stars of Australian film, television and radio serials collected by a teenage fan – Lesley Cansdell – during the height of radio serials in Australia in the 1950s. The collection includes autographs from Ruth Cracknell, Chips Rafferty, Bud Tingwell, Rod Taylor and Muriel Steinbeck
- A rare stereoscopic box created by George Edwards Johns, dating from 1856
- An English Kinora viewer manufactured by Bond & Co in 1901, along with five Kinora reels
- Eleven cinema art film posters from Josef Lebovic, including The Wolves of the Underworld (George A Cooper, 1933), The Primrose Path (Harry O Hoyt, 1925, starring Clara Bow), and The Squire of Long Hadley (Sinclair Hill, 1925)
- Key documentation relating to significant Indigenous musicians and songwriters, Archie Roach, Kev Carmody and Tiddas, including set lists, awards, publicity materials and posters
- Black and white publicity photographs of key silent film actresses, including Louise Lovely, Sylvia Breamer, Enid Bennett and Dorothy Cumming
- Visual diaries for costume and production set designer, Melinda Doring, documenting her work on various Australian feature film productions, including Suburban Mayhem (Paul Goldman, 2006), Home Song Stories (Tony Ayres, 2007), The Boys are Back (Scott Hicks, 2009), Unfolding Florence: the many lives of Florence Broadhurst (Gillian Armstrong, 2006) and $9.99 (Tatia Rosenthal, 2008)
- A collection of 1,200 photographs, documenting the history of 5AK Radio Adelaide
- Five scrapbooks from Simon Townsend, extensively covering his career from ZOOT children’s newspaper and Wonder World to TVTV and quiz shows.
Oral history interviews
- Jack Charles (actor & Aboriginal Elder)
- Sue Maslin (producer)
- Hugh Riminton (journalist, foreign correspondent and TV presenter)
- Margo Nash (director/writer)
- Geoff Bennett (television director)
- Chris Masters (Gold Walkley Award-winning journalist)
- Brian Cox (special effects supervisor for Thor: Ragnarok, The Wolverine, The Chronicles of Narnia, Australia, The Matrix)
- Peter Andrikidis (film and television director)
- Michael Pattinson (film director)
- Greg Miles (legendary sports broadcaster)
- Paul Livingston (comedian)
- Jeni Thornley (writer/director)
- Vincent Monton (cinematographer/director)
- Andrew Mackie (producer/film distributor for Dendy and Transmission Films)
- Ian Watson (director)
- Michael McMartin (founder of Trafalgar Records in 1975 who formed Melody Management Pty Ltd in 1984 and has been manager of the Hoodoo Gurus and individual members since then)
- Steve Vizard (TV & radio presenter/comedian/producer/screenwriter)
- John Doyle aka Roy Slaven (comedian/writer)
- Trevor Graham (director/producer)
- Julia Zemiro (TV presenter)
- A collection of 119 interviews with advertising agency personnel between 1940 and 1990, donated by Robert Crawford.
Papers accepted to national and international forums
|Art Association of Australia and New Zealand
Annual Conference, December 2016
|Jennifer Coombes co-presented with Penelope Grist, Curator, National Portrait Gallery: Striking stars – the documentation of cinema as works of art in an
archive/gallery exhibition collaboration
|Australian Homosexual Histories Conference,
Melbourne, November 2016
|Chris Arneil presented Preserving Gaywaves at the National Film and Sound Archive|
|Community Broadcasting Association Conference, Melbourne, November 2016||Maryanne Doyle presented Making community radio history – celebrating 40 years: archiving radio|
|Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences Symposium,
|Chris Arneil presented NFSA making waves: Curating Gaywaves at the National Film and Sound Archive|
|Museums Australia National Conference 14–17 May 2017||Jennifer Coombes co-presented with Penelope Grist, Curator, National Portrait Gallery: Starstruck: the risks and rewards of collaboration|
|Tweed Regional Museum exhibition opening,
Tweed on Film, July 2017
|Jennifer Coombes presented a floor talk on
Access to information
The National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA) publishes information, including a plan of the information we make available, in compliance with the Information Publication Scheme (IPS), at nfsa.gov.au/about/corporate-information/governance/information-publication-scheme.
We also publish our Disclosure Log of documents released in response to requests received under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (the FOI Act), at nfsa.gov.au/corporate-information/FOI/log.
If you cannot find the information you are seeking through our IPS web page, or through the Disclosure Log web page, you may request administrative access using the contact details below.
If you are not granted administrative access to the information or documents you seek, or if you need access through more structured arrangements, you can apply as follows:
- You may request access to documents in accordance with the FOI Act by writing to our FOI Contact Officer at foi [at] foi.gov.au. You will find more information on our FOI web page at www.nfsa.gov.au/corporate-information/FOI.
Administrative access email: legal [at] nfsa.gov.au
Privacy Contact Officer email: privacy [at] nfsa.gov.au
FOI email: foi [at] foi.gov.au
Alternatively, you may write to:
Senior Manager, Procurement, Contract Management and Legal
National Film and Sound Archive
GPO Box 2002
CANBERRA ACT 2601
If you need help with your request, phone (02) 6248 2145.
Section 41 of the National Film and Sound Archive Act 2008 (the NFSA Act) specifies the annual reporting requirements as below.
|Particulars of all disposals of items in the national collection during the reporting period||NFSA Act Section 41||59|
The index below shows compliance with information requirements specified in the Public Governance Performance and Accountability Act 2013, sections 39, 43 and 46, and prescribed by the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Rule 2014, Subdivision B – Annual report for corporate Commonwealth entities.
|Audited financial statements||PGPA Act s43(4)||Section 4|
|Approval by accountable authority||PGPA Rule 17BB||Letter of transmittal iii|
|Standard of presentation||PGPA Rule 17BC||All|
|Plain English and clear design||PGPA Rule 17BE reference (a)||All|
|Enabling legislation||PGPA Rule 17BE reference (a)||6, 52|
|The functions as set by legislation and purposes as
included in the Corporate Plan
|PGPA Rule 17BE reference (b)||Appendix 2, 92|
|Responsible minister||PGPA Rule 17BE reference (c)||52|
|Ministerial directions and other statutory requirements given during the reporting period||PGPA Rule 17BE reference (d)||59|
|Government policy orders that applied under section 22||PGPA Rule 17BE reference (e)||59|
|Non-compliance – directions and orders||PGPA Rule 17BE reference (f)||N/A|
|Non-compliance – finance law||PGPA Rule 17BE reference (h) and (i)||59|
|Members of the accountable authority||PGPA Rule 17BE reference (j)||52-54|
|Outline of organisational structure||PGPA Rule 17BE reference (k)||56|
|Location of major activities and facilities||PGPA Rule 17BE reference (l)||Appendix 1, 90|
|Statement on corporate governance practices||PGPA Rule 17BE reference (m)||57|
|Related entity transactions and decision making process||PGPA Rule 17BE reference (n) and (o)||59|
|Key activities and changes affecting the operations or structure of the authority||PGPA Rule 17BE reference (p)||N/A|
|Compliance management and reporting||PGPA Rule 17BE reference (q)||59|
|External reports on the entity given during the
|PGPA Rule 17BE paragraph (r)||57, 59|
|Information from a subsidiary||PGPA Rule 17BE paragraph (s)||N/A|
|Indemnities and insurance premiums for officers
during the reporting period
|PGPA Rule 17BE paragraph (t)||59|
|Index of annual report requirements||PGPA Rule 17BE paragraph (u)||99-100|
It is also the responsibility of corporate Commonwealth entities to consider whether the following legislation applies to them in annual reporting.
|Work health and safety||Schedule 2, Part 4 of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011||58|
|Environmental performance and environmentally sustainable development||Section 516A of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999||60|
|Advertising and market research expenditure,
including particulars of payments of S10,000 or higher
|Section 311A of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918||60|