Producer Offset: Don't be afraid of the QAPE

AFTRS-Australian Film Television and Radio School

About the Course

Australia offers a generous 40% production incentive to qualifying Australian feature films and a 20% offset to qualifying TV drama and documentaries. There are also incentives for international projects shot or post-produced in Australia. This one-day course offers an overview of the incentives, and a more detailed consideration of the Producer Offset for feature films. It is designed for producers, production managers and accountants who want detailed information on the requirements and process for accessing the feature film rebate.


The course will cover:
• SAC - significant Australian content and eligibility requirements
• QAPE - Qualifying Australian Production Expenditure - what it is and how to track it
• Role of the rebate in financing and completion guarantees
• Provisional Certificate and Final Certificate

Industry guests will join Sandra for this fact filled day, a must for any Producer or Production Manager who needs to get their head around the Offset.

IMPORTANT NOTE - There is a minimum qualifying expenditure threshold to access the rebate: $500,000 for feature films (40% Offset), and also for non-feature single-episode programs including direct-to-DVD films, telemovies, and films made for online distribution (20% Offset). Such films must be at least a commercial hour in length. An overall QAPE threshold of $500,000 has been introduced for documentary projects – whether for series, seasons of series or single-episode programs. Instead of receiving the Offset, eligible documentaries with budgets of $500,000 or less will be able to apply for a Producer Equity payment equal to 20% of the budget.


Sandra Alexander entered the film and television industry in 1983 and rapidly established a successful career as a production manager and producer. As production manager her feature films and television projects including RETURN TO EDEN, THE LAST FRONTIER, HILLS END, SPIT MACPHEE, FRAUDS, FATAL PAST, MARLIN BAY, LIFT OFF, SINGAPORE SLING, HOUSE GANG, SOFT FRUIT and AFTER THE RAIN.

She was line producer of Australian features including LIQUID BRIDGE, THE BET and SEPTEMBER. She was production associate and postproduction supervisor on the ABC’sEAST OF EVERYTHING Series 1 and 2, and post-production producer on the feature documentary TEA WITH MADAME CLOS. For international production companies, she was Tahiti production manager for Disney’s SOUTH PACIFIC; line producer for two Granada UK productions in Australia, BLIND AMBITION and COLD FEET; production manager for the ESPN Network telemovie THE JUNCTION BOYS and line producer for four Australian episodes of the French-language TV series FOUDRE 4. As a producer, she has been responsible for a wide variety of shorter projects.

Sandra frequently consults to Screen Australia and the federal Office for the Arts as an assessor for the producer offset incentive. She is a budget consultant for Screen Australia, Screen NSW and Ausfilm. She regularly lectures in production at AFTRS and other Australian and international training bodies. She was co-ordinating editor of The Satchel - Production Management and Film Budgeting, the Australian industry's production bible, published by Screen Australia in 2008.


"A difficult and complicated topic was well covered and explained."

"Sandra was very well organised and also brought 2 very relevant guest speakers to also share their knowledge with the class. Excellent!"


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