Google Trekker. Credit John Spencer. DPIE

Google Trekker. Credit: John Spencer DPIE

16. Filming


The exemption allows for the use of an item as a set or backdrop for filming.

Examples of typical activities/works include:

  • protection of significant fabric using bumpers or gaskets during filming of a television or online commercial, show or movie
  • temporary movement of non-significant elements of the item within the item
  • setup of moveable tripods and lighting without penetrations into significant fabric.

Standard Exemption 16: Filming

General conditions  apply to the use of all Standard Exemptions and must be complied with. 

The following specified activities/works to an item do not require approval under subsection 57(1) of the Heritage Act 1977 if the specified activities/works are undertaken in accordance with each of the relevant standards prescribed below.

 Specified activities/works:

  1. The use of an item as a set or backdrop for filming in a manner that may result in the temporary movement and/or alteration of an item.

Relevant standards:

  1. The specified use of the heritage item as a set or backdrop for filming is permitted for up to 60 calendar days in a calendar year.
  2. Any activities/works must be temporary, reversible and must have no physical impact to significant fabric, landscape elements and/or archaeological relics.
  3. No permanent activities/works are to be undertaken to the item.
  4. No painting or special effects are to be physically applied to significant fabric.
  5. Significant fabric must be protected from damage by using bumpers, gaskets and/or matting.
  6. No penetrations into significant fabric are permitted. Clamping or bracing to the item’s significant fabric may be used.
  7. Consent must be provided by the owner or lawful occupier of the item to the use of the item as a set or backdrop for filming.
  8. The item must not be moved except as permitted by Standard Exemption 17 - Moveable Heritage Items.