Access Coordinator Training

The New Zealand Film Commission is excited to be working in partnership with Screen Australia and Bridge06 to deliver an Access Coordinator Training Program.

The Access Coordinator role is intended for people from the Deaf/Disabled and/or Neurodivergent (DDN) communities who are committed to improving disability representation and removing barriers to inclusion. An emergent crew role worldwide, Access Coordinators play a vital role in increasing and sustaining an ongoing inclusion of diverse DDN talent in the screen industries.

The Access Coordinator is a Below the Line crew role that works with film and television production to ensure that access and adjustments are implemented so everyone can give their best work on set. Working with the producer, heads of department, crew members and cast, Access Coordinators ensure best practice can be adopted on set and that productions value hiring DDN talent. They can work with existing diversity and inclusion advisors, complement existing resources/toolkits and broader access training currently on offer.

The program will take place in person over five days in Sydney, Australia, including face to face learning and on set training. The NZFC will cover the costs of the training, travel and accommodation for up to three individuals so they can become trained Access Coordinators.

Who can apply

Applicants must:

  • Be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident
  • Preference will be given to applicants with a minimum of 2 years relevant experience working in the screen industry. This can be in film or TV production (including as an actor), and we may consider those who have transferable skills from other areas. This can include production experience in theatre and the arts, but equally there may be relevant skills that may have been gained while working or volunteering in other media or entertainment sectors.
  • Identify as living with disability; deaf/disabled and/or neurodivergent.

How to apply

Please read the Access Coordinator Training Guidelines or watch the Access Coordinator Information Video before applying. The video outlines the application process in NZ Sign Language, voice recording and captions.  

We encourage applicants to submit their application online through the application form using this form. However, applicants are welcome to submit their proposals in a format accessible to them including submitting a video, voice recording or a word document. Please contact to discuss how you can apply using an alternative process.

Support with the application

If you require any information in another format, please email

The New Zealand Relay Service is a free service that enables people with hearing and speech impairments to use the phone. You may contact us through the New Zealand Relay Service and quote the NZFC phone number 0800 659 754.

iSign is a service of Deaf Aotearoa that provides NZSL interpreting services. You can book an interpreter here.

Important dates:

  • Applications Open: 27 July 2023
  • Applications Close: 5pm, 25 August 2023
  • Interviews for shortlisted applicants: 11-12 September 2023
  • Applicants notified of outcome: 22 September 2023
  • Workshop: 30 October – 3 November 2023

For more information or if you have any questions, please contact

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