Screen Australia has developed a filmmaker’s guide, Pathways & Protocols, to working with Indigenous people, culture and concepts. It provides advice about the ethical and legal issues involved in transferring Indigenous cultural material to the screen. It covers documentary and drama, including short dramas, feature films and television drama. Using real case studies as practical examples, the guide assists and encourages recognition and respect for the images, knowledge and stories of Indigenous people.
The guide also includes contact details for key organisations such as land councils, Indigenous media associations and broadcasters, industry agencies, Indigenous cultural advisors and script consultants, and permit offices.
Pathways & Protocols can be downloaded from the Screen Australia website at
The City of Sydney has also established protocols for consulting and working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. These protocols will continue to be reviewed in consultation with the city’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Panel and community.
You can download a copy of the Protocols below as a PDF document.