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  • in reply to: Film permit question

    Laura Nash

    Sorry. I mean WITHOUT the correct visa

    in reply to: Film permit question

    Laura Nash

    Hi Joanna. You are right. We provide visa sponsorship for productions shooting in Australia. With the correct visa, most insurances are invalidated because the entry is illegal. In Australia you need an Entertainment Visa (sub class 420) if the documentary is ever to be offered for screen in Australia. If the rights don’t allow sale to Australia, you can do it on a 423 visa. . The problem with illegal entry is if something goes wrong and someone is injured, then the authorites will find out you have no workcover insurance which is illegal. So not having the right visa can have a cascading effect. Councils, local government authorities and National Park require permits and they will jump on you if you don’t have them. As with all things, you might get away with breaking the law but it is not very professional and if you get caught you have a record for life. Next time you want to come in to the country, they might not let you. If we can help let me know.

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