Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples might have the oldest cultures on the planet, but NITV is a modern-day media organisation.
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Our team works across the breadth of media demands from live events, breaking news, current affairs, investigative reports, commissioned programs of many genres, graphics, design and digital media. 

All advertised positions for NITV can be found on the SBS website: sbs.com.au/jobs


The NITV Charter requires locally produced content from the grass roots, across the full range of programming genres. 

If you are a program maker, or media organisation interested in putting forward program proposals and/or submissions we are open to receiving submissions and ideas. NITV has three Commissioning Editors who will work with a diverse range of program makers and will ensure that commissioned or acquired content reflects the diverse, multicultural and multilingual nature of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We aspire to reflect a variety of sectors from the urban, to the remote, contemporary to traditional, across all age groups, languages groups and interests.

The range of programming may include:

  • Arts Children’s programs
  • Cultural programming
  • Documentaries
  • Drama
  • Educational programming
  • Entertainment
  • Language
  • Music
  • News & Current Affairs
  • Special Events
  • Sport

NITV will build strategic partnerships with a range of other agencies, both State and Federal, as well as private investors to leverage funding and production, and will grow the skills and capabilities of the Indigenous production sector.

NITV will have full editorial control over content and programming, and eventually, commission content that is marketable to providers and broadcasters locally and internationally.


NITV commissions content that creates and shares unique stories to inspire, instill pride and encourage a greater understanding of Indigenous people and culture. 

All projects are carefully considered by the Commissioning Team.

 Application Deadlines

You can make an application for funding at any time but the commissioning team will batch proposals so that projects can be considered in commissioning rounds.

Next closing date is 9 September 2016 with decisions by  28 October 2016.

Who Can Apply? 

NITV commissions Australian stories.

Indigenous filmmakers and Indigenous production companies are strongly encouraged to apply.

At least two key creative roles (writer, director, producer) must be an Indigenous Australian.

Please note: Applicants should be aware of any outstanding commitments to NITV. Your application will not be considered until they are cleared. If you are unsure of any outstanding commitments get in touch with the Commissioning team before applying.

How to Apply

Send us the necessary paperwork

Applications should be accompanied by a completed application form, which you can request here

Please ensure you have attached the following with a completed application;

  • Treatment and One Page Pitch document
  • Episode breakdowns (for series only)
  • Budget A – Z Budget (available for download from the Screen Australia website)
  • Finance Plan (available for download from the Screen Australia website)
  • CVs of key creatives
  • Trailer, teaser, sample footage to support your application

Want to talk? 

You are welcome to discuss your project with a commissioning editor before submitting. Please get in touch with us at nitvproposals@sbs.com.au.

We look forward to hearing from you.

What Are We Looking For?

We are looking for bold, brave storytelling from Indigenous filmmakers and Indigenous production companies, with creatively ambitious ideas based on subjects that will:

  • Engage, inform and entertain a broad audience
  • Open audiences to Indigenous voices from across the nation
  • Challenge stereotypes
  • Reflect a wide range of stories from Indigenous Australia

NITV encourages producers to present proposals which take a '360 degree' approach to broadcast. That is, projects should include a multi-platform presence including online and social media.

NITV commissioning decisions will be subject to the requirements of the SBS Charter, SBS Act and SBS Codes of Practice and Editorial Guidelines.

How Do NITV Commissions Work?

NITV does not fully fund externally commissioned work. Proposals will need to identify additional funding resources, the source of third party funding should be disclosed/identified at time of submission to ensure that any proposed third party financial contributions are consistent with the SBS Charter, SBS Act and SBS Codes of Practice and Editorial Guidelines. NITV reserves the right of approval over third party funding.

If a project is commissioned, the NITV contribution may be in the form of:

  • a licence fee and/or equity investment which will be negotiated with the producer
  • the allocation of resources and facilities which will be counted as part of the total NITV contribution towards the production budget.

NITV does not fund retrospective filming.

As a general principle NITV does not provide development funding. If the proposal is of interest to NITV we may issue a letter of support to assist producers to apply to screen funding agencies under their development funding programs.

The NITV Spirit Initiative
The NITV Spirit Initiative is for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander film makers who are interested in furthering their careers in the industry.

Register your interest in becoming an external assessor on NITV special initiatives

If you are an Australian Indigenous film and television content producer and you are interested in contributing to our assessment on special initiatives, then we would like to hear from you. NITV invites interested independent industry practitioners to register your interest in becoming an external assessor.

We are looking for industry practitioners who have television production budget assessment skills, report writing skills and a willingness to contribute to the work of the NITV team.

External assessors will be engaged on short term contracts and need to be available to attend assessment meetings as required.

How do I get selected to be an Assessor? Please send a half page EOI along with your current CV to: NITVproposals@sbs.com.au

Industry specialists can apply at any time during the calendar year.

Will I be compensated for my time?

Yes, you will be paid according to the terms of your contract.

For more information, who can I speak to? Toni Stowers Ph: 02 9430 3368 E: toni.stowers@sbs.com.au