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Australia saw production soar during the pandemic as the country was deemed a safe destination for filming. Recent productions include Thor: Love and Thunder, Baz Luhrmann's Elvis, Blacklight starring Liam Neeson and Escape from Spiderhead.

Australia has enjoyed a boom in international production thanks in part to the incentives on offer, variety of locations and large studio infrastructure. Mad Max Fury Road sequel Furiosa is set to become the biggest film ever made in Australia and is estimated to bring in AUD350 million to the New South Wales economy.

The federal offsets can amount to 30% for international productions and are stackable with regional incentives. On a federal level, the Location Offset is a 16.5% offset on qualifying Australian production expenditure (QAPE) spending over AUD15 million during filming. The Location Incentive is an additional, merit-assessed grant that complements the Location Offset. Funding may be up to 13.5% of a projects Qualifying Australian Production Expenditure. The PDV Offset is a 30% offset on the QAPE related to post, digital and visual effects for a film.

Queensland was chosen for the ability to shoot 95% of the film in the same place. South-east Queensland had just the right mix of both urban and country looks. All the locations chosen matched specific Californian looks.

Gareth Price, Location Manager on San Andreas


The climate of Australia varies widely, but by far the largest part of Australia is desert or semi-arid. 40% of the landmass is covered by sand dunes. Only the south-east and south-west corners have a temperate climate. The northern part of the country has a tropical climate varying between tropical rainforests, grasslands and part desert.

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