5.14 The committee recommends that the
Australian Government introduce a funding scheme based on the former Australian
Interactive Games Fund.
5.20 The committee recommends the introduction
of a refundable tax offset for Australian expenditure in the development of
game titles. A review of the operation of the offset should be undertaken at
least two years after the offset commences.
5.26 The committee recommends that the
Australian Government encourage, and contribute financial assistance for, the
creation of shared working spaces modelled on The Arcade in other locations.
This support should be contingent on co-funding provided by a state government
and further evidence that the state government supports the growth of a video
game development industry in its state.
5.27 The committee further recommends that the
Australian Government consider the viability of establishing an innovation hub
for video game development and other technology startups in a regional centre.
5.29 To encourage the further uptake of 'serious
games' in health care, education and other sectors, and production of these
games by the Australian video game development industry, the committee
recommends that the Australian Government facilitate dialogue between video
game industry associations and groups that use, or could potentially use,
5.33 The committee recommends that the
Australian Government 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.
5.39 The committee recommends that the
Australian Government develop a discussion paper and consult on the utility of
the Export Market Development Grants scheme for businesses that operate in the
5.44 When considering and reviewing measures to
support the industry, the committee recommends that the Australian Government
take into account whether the industry is improving the diversity of its
workforce and is providing fair employment conditions.
5.48 The committee recommends that the
Australian Government commit to rolling out 21st century broadband
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