As the professional association for Australia's performance writers The Australian Writers' Guild provides our members with extensive industrial and legal support but also work to improve our screen and theatre industries as a whole and in doing so play our part in promoting Australia's cultural voice.
We work with members to ensure that performance writers get the pay and conditions they deserve. Our members come together to work for and represent their fellow writers across the industry in a number of committees such as the Feature Film, Children’s Television and Playwrights committees. On behalf of our members we establish recommended minimum rates and conditions for writers. We provide model contracts for series and serials, children’s television, theatre and feature film.. The AWG gives writers an active political voice by lobbying for the improved status of writers; for industry development and for the protection of writers’ creative rights.
We provide our members with free legal and industrial advice related to their professional work including advice with individual contracts and credit arbitration. This advice is unlimited for full members and limited to 6 hours per year for associate members. Please note it does not include services of legal representation.
The AWG is member of the International Affiliation of Writers' Guilds and we work with our equivalent organisations across the world to ensure that our members' industrial rights are represented no matter where they are working. The IAWG comprises of 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. We are extremely proud to have recently negotiated several bilateral feature film agreements allowing major film projects to be produced in Australia with Australian screenwriters.