Inclusive Pathways Framework for Screen Storytelling Talent Photo caption: CuriousWorks workshop with YouTube sensation RackaRacka.

This research looks at best practice in building diversity in the screen industry. 

The paper surveys the current landscape in Australia and internationally and offers recommendations to ensure underrepresented groups are provided opportunity and access to the industry.

The current conversation on the lack of diversity and inclusion in the media is not new one. It’s a conversation that’s been going on in Australia for more than 20 years.

AFTRS commissioned this research to understand what the industry can do today  to make a lasting change, so that we will not need to be shocked into action in another decade or two.

The research has been encouraging as there are a lot of good schemes and people who have made a difference. We also spoke to people about the barriers they feel are stopping underrepresented groups from entering the industry to better understand how to dismantle them.

The research makes it clear that there is no easy answer and no short term fixes, however that a cohesive and comprehensive industry approach needs to be implemented to develop careers from school onwards.

Inclusive Pathways Framework for Screen Storytelling Talent was prepared by Georgie McLean from The Gist: Strategy + Engagement.


The Australian Film Television and Radio School would like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners, the Bidjigal people and Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, on whose land we meet, work, study and teach. We pay our respects to Elders past and present, and extend our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from all nations of this land.