The Australian Greens Secure Inquiry Into Australian Video Game Industry
On Monday, the Australians Green Party successfully established a Senate Inquiry into the Australian video games industry.
Moved by Australian Greens deputy leader and communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam, the point behind the inquiry is to push the video game industry to be the same calibre as other creative industries in Australia.
“The sector has been treated like the poor cousin of the creative industries,” a statement on the Australian Green’s website said, “culminating in the Abbott Government’s decision to close the $20 million Australian Interactive Games Fund, just 12 months after it was established”.
The inquiry itself sets out for people to answer up to four different terms of reference via submissions. The four terms of reference look at how Australia can set regulatory and taxation frameworks that enable growth in the video game industry, how the Australian government can provide for video game development within Australia, including employing local staff, how to get the most out of exporting content created by video game development within Australia, and anything else relating to the inquiry.
Anyone can enter a submission, as long as it meets the terms of reference.
The inquiry will be handled by the Senate Standing Committee on Environment and Communications, will be accepting submissions in the following days, as well as public hearings sometime in the future.
A report is due in April, 2016.