New funding scheme, tax offsets amongst the recommendations.
The Senate Environment and Communications References Committee report on the future of Australia’s video game development industry was released today and contains several recommendations designed to stimulate the sector.
One of the key proposals is the establishment of a successor to the Australian Interactive Games Fund (AIGF), which was axed by the Abbott Government after just 12 months, much to the bitter disappointment of the Australian games development community.
The committee also recommends the introduction of a refundable tax offset for Australian expenditure in games development and that the Australian Government commit to rolling out 21st Century broadband infrastructure. The full report can be viewed here.
Greens communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam agrees creating a new fund in the wake of the AIGF closure is a good place to start.
“Establishing a replacement for the AIGF will assist small independent studios to grow into flourishing ongoing enterprises,” said Ludlam in a statement. “This is just one of the recommendations the report makes, but it’s the most immediate step the government can take for this industry.”
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“There is not a Turnbull buzzword box that the games industry does not tick. These are some of the creative industry jobs of the 21st Century. The Liberal party should overturn the short-sighted decision to axe the original AIGF.”
“In this partisan and politically charged environment, and in an election year, the fact that this is a consensus report says a great deal about the quality of evidence presented, the good faith that both witnesses and senators brought to the proceedings, and the clarity of the conclusions the process reached.
“We’ll be taking these recommendations forward after the election, and we hope the Labor and Liberal parties do as well. The opportunity for Australia to establish itself as a global leader in this industry is not going to last forever.”
The Greens secured this inquiry into the video game industry back in June 2015. The Senate supported the call for an inquiry, which was moved by Ludlam.
Luke is Games Editor at IGN’s Sydney office. You can find him on Twitter @MrLukeReilly.
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