Frequently Asked Questions

ABC Shop (8)

We are implementing a new business model where the ABC will continue to license products and content without directly being involved in the e-commerce business. Instead, we will focus on curating our licensed content in one portal that will give everyone, regardless of where they are, access to a wide array of high-quality branded merchandise and licensed ABC content on a variety of platforms.

Please contact the retailers directly for any issues relating to your order. The ABC is not involved in the management of these external websites.

Purchasing must be done through each retailer directly. Please visit the sites listed for purchasing details.

No, ABC Shop closed shop locations in Australia in 2016.

Please see our list of partners on this page.

Many of our series are available on DVD, Blu-ray and through various download services such as iTunes and Google Play. Alternatively please see our list of approved retailers listed above.

Information about the Corporation can be found online at

Footage (11)

Upon receipt of your brief we will undertake a preliminary search and tell you what suitable material is held. We will estimate supply costs and licence fees.

A researcher will be assigned to your project to locate suitable material, prepare preview materials and advise on copyright. You will select the required shots using the preview materials and then place your order, providing the in and out time code points and shot descriptions.

A licence agreement is emailed or faxed for signature and once returned the master material is despatched. You report on your final usage and supply us a copy of your production.

Factors impacting on licence fees include the medium licensed, licence period and the territory required. Obtain a copy of the ABC rate card.

Charges for research, transfers and stock also apply.

By making contact with ABC Library Sales, a professional stock footage supplier, you gain instant access to stock footage and audio materials held by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. There are also smaller specialist collections sourced from independent operators. A Natural History database is available online, visit

Independent program makers and researchers can come to the ABC to use the research facilities in Sydney and Melbourne. You can access in-house databases and tape-viewing facilities and take away DVD dubs. There is a daily fee of $120 to cover facility costs plus our standard fees if you need specific research assistance from specialised ABC personnel. A shot list database and a Natural History database are available online, visit

The ABC's main shot list database, TARA Online, and the Natural History database, Wild Online, are available to search through this website. These databases do not list the whole collection so it still worth calling us if you can't find what you are looking for. From this site you can access detailed data on the ABC's media collections.

Material (footage, audio, stills) is licensed for use in a particular production, as agreed. The licence is granted for a specific media (eg) 'free to air television', a period (eg) 'five years' and a territory or territories (eg) Singapore.

Contact our Sales Consultants based in the Sydney and Melbourne offices who can help you. Contact Us for further information. Please provide detailed information (and your contact information) to help us find the material you require.

With 52 news bureaux across Australia, 13 international offices and 80 years of recording people, places and events, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) has developed a library resource rich in its breadth and depth of coverage.

Critically-acclaimed and award-winning productions in the genres of news, current affairs, science, natural history, the arts, music and more form the extensive collection. You can search our online databases.

The ABC is a one-stop multi-media shop, providing access to footage, sound effects and audio grabs. The ABC library is made up of four media types including:

As well as an enviable international collection, the ABC library houses a priceless record of Australia's social, sporting, cultural and political life from the 1950s to today. It also includes a comprehensive collection of natural history, scientific and Indigenous footage.

The ABC's collection is supplemented by selected other content collections from operators who are specialist recorders of their field.

With many of the magic moments in the history of radio and television captured on film, the stills collection is an invaluable record of people, places and events.

The ABC has maintained an extensive collection of speeches, interviews and commentaries, which describe the landmark events of the past 80 years.

Sound Effects
To create impact the ABC's sound effects collection delivers a large range, including squawks, grunts, crashes and screeches, to enhance any multi-media production.

If you require sound effects contact the Melbourne-based Library Sales consultant to find out what is available and at what cost. Upon receipt of your selection we check copyright clearances, dub the material to your required production format and prepare a licence agreement.

Copyright laws are many and varied. The Australian Copyright Council provides information and advice on copyright in Australia. Screenrights, the Audio Visual Copyright Society, details copyright issues with particular relevance to Australian educational institutions. We recommend that you visit their sites for comprehensive information on the subject.

Programs can be obtained from the ABC Shop for home viewing only.

However there are many programs broadcast on ABC TV that are not available in the ABC Shop or other retail outlets, but can be ordered upon request from Library Sales - Programs. These programs are licensed with 'non-theatric' rights which permits viewing by non-paying Australian-based audiences and are used most frequently for educational and business purposes.

Programs (25)

You may return any goods that are faulty within 14 days of the receipt of your order, but you must Contact Us first for approval. Any returns that are sent back to ABC Library Sales without authorisation will be sent back to the customer at an additional postage charge. Once this has been authorised for return, it will be previewed to confirm the fault claim and a replacement copy will be sent.

An exhibition licence will be required when a screening is open to the public. This can be on a one time basis or on a regular basis for a fixed time. Fees vary depending on the number of runs, the nature of the program and the tiered pricing structure.

All programs are supplied as MP4 files via email link or USB, copied directly from the broadcast master tapes or files held in the ABC Archive.

The price you pay for the programs is based upon the intended use of the program. Refer to the pricing structure above or contact us for clarification. Programs cannot be duplicated, edited or broadcast in any way. Also see How to Order for details. There is no need for further payment through Screenrights for screening of non-theatric programs.

We accept orders from other countries, subject to copyright clearance. We supply in MP4 file format only. Overseas customers can make an online enquiry via our online enquiry form regarding availability and price of programs. Pre-payment is required for all international orders. Download an order form from our How to Order page.

In accordance with the copyright applicable to the purchase price paid for the non-theatric use of a program, any further editing or alternation of the program is forbidden. Contact Library Sales – Footage, Audio, Stills if you are seeking stock footage for your next production.

Discounts for bulk purchases of the same program are available upon written request. Please Contact Us and let us know your requirements.

Duplication rights are subject to negotiation with regard to copyright clearances and intended usage for non-paying, non-public audiences. Contact Us for our Exhibition Licence Agreements.

The availability and prices for Distance Education purchases or transmission is negotiable depending on quantity and proposed format delivery. Please Contact Us for more details.

A licence can be supplied for a program to be made available via online streaming to non-paying audiences within the licenced school, tertiary and other educational institution, library, hospital, government body, community group and business organisation.

Only a small selection of ABC non-theatric programs are available with open captions (Supertext) or closed captions for the deaf and hearing impaired. Please Contact Us for more information. An additional charge may apply. See also for details on closed caption programs available in ABC Shops. See also for schools TV programs with closed captions.

We accept MasterCard and Visa. Credit card payments are accepted via phone, fax and email. Please see How to Order for details.

Retail DVDs sold through ABC Shops and ABC Centres are produced for the private and domestic market and sold at a retail price. The copyright material on these programs is not licensed for public viewing in clubs, institutions, businesses or educational institutions. Any use of the program apart from private home viewing may be in breach of copyright.

Library Sales programs in accordance with the tiered pricing structure are licensed with non-theatric rights permitting viewing by non-paying audiences. There is no need for further payment through Screenrights for screening on non theatric programs. These programs are produced to order and copyright licenses require an upfront payment unrelated to the sales potential of the program.

Most ABC radio stations (Classic FM, triple j, 702, Radio National etc) publish their playlists online. You can find further information on the ABC Radio site at

Programs purchased from our catalogue may be viewed by individuals in a private setting, or exhibited to non-paying audiences in schools, tertiary and other educational institutions, libraries, hospitals, government bodies, community groups and a range of business organisations.

We are not set up to operate as a hire or lending facility service. If we have all the necessary rights, we are happy to make the program available for purchase.

We do not offer a public access library service, but permit professional researchers to come in do their own research in our Sydney or Melbourne offices by appointment. A facilities fee applies. For further information please go to ABC Archives.

Besides the supply of non-theatric copies of television and radio programs, subject to copyright clearances we can also licence the use of online content including transcripts and articles as well as still images and graphics.

Television and radio programs may be taped off air by educational institutions that have an agreement with Screenrights. Nearly all schools, TAFEs and universities have an agreement with Screenrights but if you are unsure please check with your principal or with Screenrights, ph (02) 9904 0133 or fax (02) 9904 0498.

Screenrights has also developed a service for obtaining DVD copies of your favourite programs that you would like to use as a teaching resource which are not readily available through Library Sales due to copyright restrictions. Visit Enhance TV.

Qualifying educational institutions may be able to use these audio and audio-visual files in accordance with Part VA of the Copyright Act 1968 as amended. For more information, please contact Screenrights.

Our prices are standard for all purchasing groups, unless otherwise indicated. A tiered pricing structure applies for most programs available for sale.
Standard price applies for all purchases by tertiary institutions, libraries, and private and public sector organisations.
Schools price applies for purchases by Primary and Secondary schools in Australia and only applies when accompanied by an official order form or prepayment.
Home Viewer price applies for purchases by individual members of the public using programs for viewing in a private home setting only.
Back catalogue programs not listed in our online catalogue may be sourced from our ABC Library Archive. An additional charge may apply for research and dubbing costs from film to DVD. Price upon application.

We accept MasterCard and Visa. Credit card payments are accepted via phone, fax and email. Please see How to Order for details.

Yes we do from recognised educational organisations who have a credit account with the ABC. We will invoice your organisation when we send you the program.

Yes. Please see How to Order for more details.

TARA (14)

Library Sales - Footage Audio Stills supplies the ABC's media collection to commercial operations and professional bodies only, including program makers, advertising agencies and broadcasters.

For copies of complete programs or segments from programs contact Library Sales - Programs

Email your request here or click here for our contact details.

There are many factors that affect licence fees, such as the medium licensed, licence period and territory licensed for. See our online ABC rate card.

As well as the licence fee, there are charges for research, transfers and stock.

Yes - a preview of requested footage can be arranged on our online preview site . A service/research charge applies.

We can supply material in most formats. Our most requested and accessible formats are PAL Digital Betacam and PAL Betacam SX

Not all items are cleared. Contact our staff for help with clearances or with other similar footage that is cleared but may not be available on the database. TARA Online does not contain copyright information. The availability of any item must be checked by our research team prior to supply. Some programs or segments will contain footage from multiple copyright owners.

TARA Online does not include records for drama, comedy, children's or education productions, nor station promotions. Some records for pre 1984 filmed items, programs and segments that have been purchased by the ABC, and some programs held in the ABC Program Library are also not detailed in TARA Online. State based news items that are less than 7 years old and any crime related out takes are not available on TARA Online.

ABC Natural History stock vision is not available on TARA ONLINE. WILD Online is the ABC's Natural History database and contains sound and vision records.

Light Entertainment programs such as New Inventors, Spicks and Specks, and The Einstein Factor are not entered into TARA Online.

Remember that you can always contact us for access to our expert researchers who can perform detailed searches on in-house databases and systems. These items include dramas, film, stock footage and natural history. Fees apply.

TARA ONLINE is updated daily on working days. Records from the previous 24 hours will not be available till the next update.

Click on the link of the Summary display to see the whole of the entry.

The shotlist shows a shot-by-shot description.

BCU -Big close up
CU -Close up
MS -Medium shot
MCU -Medium close up
MLS -Medium long shot
LS -Long shot
WS -Wide shot
VS -Various shots

"FF" stands for file footage and indicates that the shot is not ABC copyright. You can contact us for more information.
"LibFF" indicates that the shot is file footage taken from a previous ABC item."

You can open a Find window by pressing CTRL+F on a PC, or Apple+F on a Mac, which will allow you to easily find any words on the page.

Use "quotes" if searching for a particular phrase eg "Monash University"
Use an asterisk * to perform a wildcard search eg cloud* which will give you any word beginning with cloud, for example, clouds and cloudy.


Enter any keyword/s relating to the footage you want. The more specific the term the better the results, for example enter "John Howard" instead of just Howard. If you want to find all people named Howard enter just Howard.

A keyword search searches all fields in the database.


As TARA ONLINE contains over 600,000 records we recommend you use the ADVANCED SEARCH option to obtain a more precise search result. The Advanced User Screen enables you to decide which fields you want the system to search. The fields are clearly labelled showing the type of information to enter.

The ABC's main shot list database, TARA Online, and the Natural History database, Wild Online, are available to search through this website. These databases do not list the whole collection so it still worth calling us if you can't find what you are looking for. From this site you can access detailed data on the ABC's media collections.

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