An Inquiry into the Australian video game development industry moved by Greens Deputy Leader and Communications Spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam was approved by the Senate on Monday. The Senate Inqury will look into how the Government could support game developers though tax frameworks and how to potentially attract international game companies.
“Internationally, companies have experienced strong growth thanks to smart government support and favourable regulatory settings,” said Senator Ludlam, “In Australia, no such luck: the sector has been treated like the poor cousin of the creative industries”
“This inquiry will help establish what the government should be doing to support Australia’s games industry and the employment, economic and creative benefits it delivers to the nation.”
This comes after the Federal Government abolished the Australian Interactive Games Fund in its 2014 Budget, removing $10 million in funding.
The inquiry will begin to accept public submissions shortly, with a final report due April 2016.