How we work
Philanthropic donors, grantmakers, charities and documentary filmmakers care about the same community-focused themes and issues. These shared interests can inspire partnerships that can be immensely powerful. Working together, each group can achieve mutual goals and effect long lasting change.
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DAF does not make or commission ﬁlms. We receive and manage donations and grants from individuals, corporate organisations, charities, PAFs and foundations, and with them, support documentaries and campaigns. We facilitate the use of philanthropic donations to fund a wide range of documentaries, and our own operations.
DAF retains a small percentage of grants received for film projects. This is used to cover the administrative costs of providing information and resources to enable the philanthropic, charitable and documentary ﬁlm worlds to collaborate for collective impact. From the 1st August 2015 onwards, this retention fee is 5%.
How can DAF help you?
If you want to bring about real and lasting change on just about any issue, telling a story in a powerful documentary - and getting it seen by a broad audience - is one of the most effective things you can do. Go here to find out more, or click here to donate now. All donations over $2 are fully tax deductible.
If you are a documentary filmmaker, go here to find out how your film can get approved at DAF, or go here to see some case studies of exemplary DAF-supported films.
DAF relies on your support to continue operating. Without your generosity we cannot continue to provide tax deductibility for film projects nor continue to support and advocate for Australian documentary film. If you would like to support DAF, please click here to make a donation, or contact us.
DAF has registered charitable DGR1 (Deductible Gift Recipient) status enabling foundations, individuals and corporations to make grants to documentaries and in support of our ongoing work.
The Documentary Australia Foundation Donations Fund is listed on the Register of Cultural Organisations (ROCO) maintained under subdivision 30-F of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 and, from 17 July 2007, is eligible to receive tax-deductible donations. The Australian Taxation Office has endorsed The Documentary Australia Foundation Donations Fund under Subdivision 30-BA of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 with effect from 17 July 2007 as a public fund on the Register of Cultural Organisations pursuant to item 12.1.1 of Subdivision 30-B of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997.
Approved List of Documentaries
The DAF Board will assess documentary proposals to determine their eligibility for private funding. If the documentary is considered eligible it will be placed on the DAF Approved List posted on our website. To be approved, documentaries must:
- Be suitable for philanthropic support according to the Documentary Australia Foundation's application form.
- Clearly demonstrate that the project is a bona fide documentary being made by reputable or emerging filmmakers with either an Australian production company or a current Australian Business Number (ABN)
The submissions are not judged stylistically. They are assessed with reference to whether the subject, approach and outreach potential are appropriate for philanthropic support (see application form).
Making Tax-Deductible Grants to Documentaries
Through DAF, donors and grantmakers can make grants towards our own operations or to any documentary on our Approved List. You can identify a preferred area of interest or an approved documentary project, however while all preferences will be taken into account, you cannot directly designate funds to a specific project due to Australian Tax Office requirements.
Approved projects eligible for support are listed on our website.
Documentary Australia Foundation Pty Limited (ABN 12 119 563 941) is trustee for the Documentary Australia Foundation Trust (ABN 11 227 328 793). DAF has established a public fund known as the Documentary Australia Foundation Donations Fund which is endorsed to receive tax deductible donations from donors to support the objectives of DAF, including the sustainable production of documentary films in the cultural life of Australia. DAF's functions and roles are described in more detail in clause 3 of DAF's terms and conditions set out on our website here. Whilst DAF assesses documentary film projects to determine whether a documentary film is suitable for philanthropic support by donations through DAF, DAF is not the maker of a documentary film and takes no responsibility for the content of any of its Approved Documentaries. Subject to the guarantees relating to the supply of services under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 which cannot be excluded or modified, DAF disclaims all conditions, representations, warranties or guarantees (whether express, implied, statutory or otherwise) with respect to the performance of its functions and roles as described above. Potential donors and third parties assessing the documentary films for philanthropic funding or support should rely on their own financial and legal advice.