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Terms of reference

Chapter 1 Introduction

1.1 On 22 June 2015, the Senate referred an inquiry into the future of Australia's video game development industry to the Environment and Communications References Committee. The terms of reference for the inquiry are as follows:

The future of Australia's video game development industry, with particular reference to:

  • how Australia can best set regulatory and taxation frameworks that will allow the local video game development industry to grow and fully meet its potential as a substantial employer;
  • how Australia can attract video game companies to set up development operations in Australia and employ local staff;
  • how export opportunities from Australia's local video game industry can be maximised; and
  • any other related matters.

This report comprises five chapters. The matters covered in the remaining chapters of the report are outlined below:

Chapter 2 provides an overview of key aspects of, and developments in, the Australian video game development industry, which will inform the discussion in the remaining chapters of the report.

Chapter 3 focuses on government support programs and tax incentives that are relevant to the industry. The chapter outlines the government programs that are available in Australia, or have been available, before providing an overview of key programs and incentives in place in other countries. The rationale for government support of the video game industry is also discussed.

Chapter 4 examines policy proposals and other matters that submitters and witnesses called on the Australian Government to consider.

Chapter 5 contains the committee's conclusions and recommendations.

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