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Boasting climates that range from green tropical rain forests to arid red deserts, stretches of achingly beautiful beaches, and the mysterious landscapes of its vast Outback, Australia has always had a lot of benefits for filmmakers. In fact, the first-ever full-length feature, “The Story of the Kelly Gang” (1906), was shot Down Under. Today Australia also provides generous financial incentives.

The country offers a 16.5% rebate on qualifying Australian production expenditure. To be accepted into the program, a feature film must spend a minimum of 15 million Australian dollars, or approximately $11.5 million. TV shows need to spend an average minimum of 1.5 million Australian dollars, or about $766,000, per hour of programming. Read more.