ISAN – A Global Identifier

A unique, internationally recognised and permanent reference number for your film, TV or online project.


The global digital environment has seen, and will continue to see, a rapid expansion in ways of using audio visual works – both legally and illegally. Until 2002, the screen industry did not have an agreed identification standard to track a work throughout its lifecycle.

In 2002 the International Standard Audiovisual Number (ISAN) was published by the ISAN International Agency. The ISAN is a numbering system much like the ISBN identification standard for books.

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An ISAN is the most effective means of identifying your work in this environment, improving efficiencies in managing rights data, exchanging information about the work, tracking use and protecting against piracy.



ISAN Australasia was founded by Screenrights and APRA AMCOS to give the Australasian audio-visual industries access to the most efficient means of identifying and tracking their work in the global digital environment.

As of 31 December 2019, ISAN Australasia will be discontinued. The registration of an ISAN is no longer a condition under Screen Australia’s funding arrangements.

All ISAN Australasia accounts will be automatically transferred to the Transitory Agency (TRA) managed by ISAN International Agency. Credentials will remain unchanged, but prior to first login, Australasian ISAN users will need to confirm their account transfer and agree with the TRA terms and conditions. On request, users will have the option to be serviced by another appointed ISAN Registration Agency if preferred.

To become a new ISAN Registrant, you can find instructions here. For any questions, email

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