The Australian Government will provide $5.5 million over four years for the National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA) to support the digitisation of historic audiovisual material and creation of the National Centre for Excellence in Audiovisual Digitisation.
As Australia's audiovisual archive, the NFSA has more than three million items in its collection, including a significant number of film, tape and sound recordings in analogue formats, such as magnetic tape.
The funding will help address issues of material longevity, fragility and equipment maintenance, enabling the NFSA to digitise at-risk video five times faster—as well as doubling the digitisation rate of audio and film material.
Examples of the material that will be digitised include:
Iconic Australian TV programs such as Young Talent Time and A Country Practice.
Decade's worth of news and current affairs, representing all of Australia's public and commercial broadcasters.
Coverage of key sporting events such as the Melbourne Cup.
Television and radio content produced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander media organisations such as the Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA) and Imparja TV.
The establishment of the National Centre for Excellence will ensure these important historic artefacts are preserved so they can be shared and enjoyed by new audiences eager to explore our cultural heritage.