The NITV Spirit Initiative

8 Aug 2016 - 3:50 PM  UPDATED 6 Sep 2017 - 2:18 PM

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

What is the initiative about?

The NITV Spirit initiative - it used to be called the "NITV Spirit Award"- has evolved into a practical work placement with NITV. It is offered for an emerging Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person that is working within the film and television industry from remote or regional areas in Australia. You travel to Sydney and work with NITV staff in different areas being mentored with practical experience in broadcasting.

What will I be doing?

You will spend time rotating with different NITV departments and learn relevant skills in the below areas:

  1. Commissions
  2. NITV News department
  3. Promos/editing team
  4. Internal productions, which has some live OB opportunities
  5. Online/Digital team
  6. NITV Radio
Do I need to work away from my home?

Yes, you will be based in Sydney for up to 3 weeks. As part of the initiative you will travel to Melbourne with the Commissions team to attend the Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) and possibly other additional travel if the opportunity arises.

How will the initiative be covered?

All travel and accommodation will be covered by NITV, including any travel and accommodation outside Sydney. NITV will pay you a stipend for being away from your normal activities as well as travel allowance. 

How do I apply and when do the applications open and close?

Applications open 4 August, 2017 and close 1 September, 2017. Announcements to be made at the Remote Indigenous Media Festival, Irruntiju WA (Sept, 2017).

You will need to complete the application form. We need to know who you are, where you are from and how to contact you. You need to be working or associated with an Indigenous Remote Media hub, the placement is open to people working in video production or radio broadcasting.

Fill out the Expression of Interest part of the application and/or send us a video of yourself (no longer than 5 minutes) telling us about yourself, what you do and why coming to NITV would be great for your TV production career and why you want to learn more about the broadcasting/production sector.

What else will I get from participating in the initiative?

If you are selected to be a part of the initiative, NITV will ask you to:

  1. Produce an Our Stories (1 x 15 minute) documentary in language (contracted separately with you and to the value of $12,000)
  2. Produce a news story from your local community
  3. Attend the Australian International Documentary Conference, Melbourne
  4. Have a 3 week placement with NITV within the SBS building in Sydney.


Download application & FAQ's:  nitv_comms_spirit_awards_faqs_2017_screen.pdf

For more information

Taryn Marks, Indigenous Policy and Stakeholder Relations

Ph: 03 9949 2168

** please note: this is a practical working placement; the recipient must be willing to participate in all activities and be away from home for a 3 week period.