AusFILM's LA-based film commissioner David Pratt is to leave his job after six years in the post.

AusFILM is responsible for marketing Australia as a location for film and television production.

"David has been a wonderful asset," said Sydney-based chief executive Trisha Rothkrans. "We are very grateful to him for the outstanding contribution he has made raising the profile of Australia as a production destination."

Pratt decided to leave the organisation several years ago but changed his mind and returned, but this is highly unlikely to happen again. He is scheduled to leave in July.

A number of US films are currently shooting in Australia. US action comedy Mask II, the follow-up to the 1994 hit Mask for New Line, wrapped on April 4 after 17 weeks of filming at Fox Studios Australia and various locations across Sydney. It contributed more than $50 million to the economy, according to the State Government of New South Wales.

Stealth, for Columbia Pictures, has also been shooting at Fox Studios, while the horror film House Of Wax for Village Roadshow/Warner Bros is due to start principal photography in Queensland in May.