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Filming and Photography

Fed Square

Fed Square is an iconic destination and Melbourne’s gathering place, where visitors are immersed in unique cultural experiences and architecture that celebrate Victoria’s rich heritage and identity.

General Filming & Photography

Fed Square is an ideal backdrop for filming and photography.

Given the precinct is busy with public events, people visiting restaurants and galleries or watching the Big Screen, filming or photography at Fed Square requires a Permit from the Melbourne Arts Precinct Corporation (MAP Co).

Filming and photography permits are required for:

  • Stills photography
  • Filming of films, TV programs, promos and other video content
  • Branded content
  • Social and digital content

Permit Application

Please complete this form in full if you would like to apply for a permit for the purpose of filming or photography at Fed Square.

Completed applications must be sent to media@mapco.vic.gov.au

Submitting an application

Applications for small-scale productions must be submitted at least 7 business days before your preferred date of filming.

A small-scale production is assessed as having minimal impact. This could include but is not limited to:

  • A crew smaller than 10 people
  • No more than 2 cameras, 2 tripods, and handheld sound recording equipment
  • No access to power
  • No special vehicle access required
  • No need to move or set-up anything in Fed Square

Applications for large-scale productions must be submitted at least 30 business days before your preferred date of filming.

A large-scale production is assessed as having an impact to the site. This could include but is not limited to:

  • A crew larger than 10 people
  • Extensive equipment including multiple cameras and lighting
  • Request for use of a drone
  • Requirement for on-site infrastructure including tents, signage and/or marquees
  • Special vehicle access
  • Access to power
  • Requirement of a traffic management and/or risk management plan

By submitting an application, it is not guaranteed that you will be approved for a permit. If you are approved for a permit, you will be notified in writing.

By completing and returning this application, you agree to be bound by the Filming & Photography Permit Terms & Conditions, found here.


A filming and photography permit allows you to film in the public spaces of Fed Square including The Atrium, Main Square, Stage, Swanston Street Forecourt or River Terrace.

Cultural institutions and restaurants/cafes in Fed Square are privately operated. If you wish to conduct filming or photography in any of these locations, please contact them directly for permission.


A fee for the use of Fed Square as your location for filming or photography applies in some circumstances. This could include but is not limited to:

  • A large-scale production
  • The content is used for promotional purposes
  • Branding or promotional materials are brought on-site

Media Guidelines

Fed Square welcomes news media on site. However, media are required to seek permission to be onsite at Fed Square.

Before attending Fed Square, please notify:
Christine Butcher, Media & Communications Manager
Phone: +61 408 878 719
Email: Christine.Butcher@mapco.vic.gov.au

Media activities must not interrupt or interfere with general operations or events.

Fed Square cannot guarantee onsite parking and public parking is available at the Wilson Carpark.

Event or Activation Enquiries

This application form is not intended for event enquiries such as promotional activities, sampling, activations or events that engage with the public. If you wish to enquire about an event at Fed Square, please contact event.enquiries@fedsquare.com

Fed Cam

Fed Cam is an interactive experience at Fed Square where a camera streams live images from the main square to fedsquare.com/fed-cam. From time to time images can be viewed on the Big Screen in the main square. Images are not retained by Fed Square.