Reinstatement of Australian Interactive Games Fund recommended by second government committee report
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Reinstatement of Australian Interactive Games Fund recommended by second government committee report


So what are we waiting for?

A second government committee report has recommended the reinstatement of the Australian Interactive Games Fund.

This latest recommendation comes from the Standing Committee on Employment, Education and Training as part of an Inquiry into Innovation and Creativity: A Workforce for the New Economy.

Deputy Chair of the Inquiry, Terri Butler MP, presented the committee’s findings in Parliament today, with recommendation 37 stating, “The Committee recommends that the Australian Government introduce a funding scheme based on the former Australian Interactive Games Fund.”

More than 400 days ago, the Senate Standing Committees on Environment and Communications originally recommended the reinstatement of the Australian Interactive Games Fund, discontinued as part of the 2014-15 Federal Budget.

“It’s important to note that this another cross-party inquiry that supports, at a minimum, the reinstatement of the AIGF,” the Interactive Games and Entertainment Association said of the report on its website.

“IGEA will continue to work with all sides of the Australian Government, across multiple departments and ministries, to ensure that the video games and interactive entertainment sector receives the level of support it deserves.”

The news comes as the New Zealand Federal Government announced the first recipients of its Interactive Development Fund, and as the Victorian Government announced funding of 9 locally-made titles.

The committee’s full Standing Committee on Employment, Education and Training can be found here, while IGEA’s response to the inquiry can be read here.

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