The restructure undertaken this year by the Australian Film Commission is complete with the announcement of the integration of its existing Policy and Research and Information units and the establishment of a separate Industry and Cultural Development unit.
The AFC's Research and Information unit has become the primary data and information provider to the industry, producing such reference tools as the annual Get The Picture handbook and the National Production Survey. The Policy program provides high quality analysis and information through submissions, reports and representations. Recent examples include the joint AFC/FFC Report to the Minister for the Arts and the Centenary of Federation on the state of the film industry and a major submission to the Productivity Commission.
The integration of the programs will allow the AFC to consolidate its research capacity and meet the increasing demands of its online information services.
"By combining the functions of the Policy and Research and Information units, the AFC will integrate the delivery of its research, analysis, information and publication functions, with a particular focus on the AFC's website as a tool of communication with the industry and the general public," said AFC Chief Executive Kim Dalton.
The Industry and Cultural Development Unit will primarily be a funding program, designed to provide support to a variety of industry development screen cultural programs and activities. The Industry and Cultural Development Unit funding program is committed to the encouragement of a vigorous and diverse screen industry and culture in Australia. The Unit will be overseen by an ICD Fund Manager and will work directly to the Chief Executive.
"Kate Ingham, the current director of the Industry and Cultural Development Branch, has been actively involved in the development of this logical and strategically sound AFC restructure. Some time ago Kate indicated her intention to leave the AFC in March 2000 in order to pursue other industry opportunities and so this restructure has been developed with that understanding. I would like to thank her for her input to this process," Kim Dalton said.