The Australian Writers’ Guild is the professional association for Australian performance writers including film, television, theatre, radio and digital media.
Established by a group of radio writers in 1962, the Guild has an almost 50 year history of representing the professional interests of Australian performance writers.
We fight to improve professional standards, conditions and remuneration for Australian performance writers; to protect and advance the creative rights of our members and to promote the Australian cultural voice in all its diversity.
The Guild boasts many domestic successes over our history, we're also working to ensure Australian writers are given the support they need to succeed in the global marketplace. By supporting Australian writers we strengthen the industry as a whole and are proud of our role in assisting an number of major productions to be made in Australia.
Established by writers for writers, The AWG is still a democratic organisation run by its members, who each year elect a National Executive Council and State Branch Committees. Our members work together to represent their fellow writers across the industry in a number of committees such as the Feature Film, Children’s Television and Theatre committees to negotiate for fair pay and conditions.
The AWG has a number of membership levels for performance writers. Full members are performance writers who have produced work and are entitled to the full range of services provided by the AWG. Emerging writers without the required amount of produced work can apply for Associate membership of the Guild and can make use of a number of our services and networking opportunities and apply for the many initiatives we run throughout the year. We also have student, senior and overseas membership.
The Australian Writers’ Guild highest level of membership is Life membership. We currently have 28 Life Members who are well respected pioneers of the industry, many of whom are founding members of the AWG.
The Australian Writers' Guild receives assistance from the Literature Fund of the Australia Council, Arts NSW, Screen Australia, Film Victoria, South Australian Film Corporation, Screen Queensland, Screenwest and Screen NSW.
The Guild is a member of the International Affiliation of Writers' Guilds, comprising: The Writers' Guild of Great Britain, The Writers' Guilds of America (East and West), Writers' Guild of Canada, Societe des Auteurs, Recherchistes, Documentalistes et Compositeurs (Quebec) and the New Zealand Writers' Guild.