The report from the Future of Australia’s Video Game Development Industry Inquiry has been released by the Environment and Communications References Committee. The recommendations (below) are, expectedly, positive and encourage great support from the Australian Government for the game development sector.

The recommendations are:

  1. The Australian Government introduce a funding scheme based on the former Australian Interactive Games Fund.
  2. The introduction of a refundable tax offset for Australian expenditure in the development of game titles.
  3. The Australian Government encourage, and contribute financial assistance for, the creation of shared working spaces modelled on The Arcade in other locations. The committee also recommended that the Australian Government consider the viability of establishing an innovation hub for video game development and other technology startups in a regional centre.
  4. The Australian Government facilitates dialogue between game industry associations and groups that use serious games, in order to encourage the further uptake of serious games in healthcare, education and other sectors.
  5. Consider the tax implication of crowd-sourced funding for startups, including whether temporary tax relief should be available for income that new businesses gain from crowd-sourced funding.
  6. Develop a discussion paper and consult on the utility of the Export Market Development Grants scheme for businesses that operate in the digital economy.
  7. When considering and reviewing measures to support the industry, that the Australian Government take into account whether the industry is improving the diversity of its workforce and is providing fair employment conditions.
  8. Commit to rolling out 21st century broadband infrastructure.

The full report can be found HERE.

The GDAA would like to sincerely thank all contributors to the inquiry.