Game Developers Association Welcomes R&D Tax Credit Support
GAME DEVELOPERS ASSOCIATION WELCOMES R&D TAX CREDIT SUPPORT
MELBOURNE – 16 June, 2011 – The Game Developers’ Association of Australia (GDAA) welcomes the announcement of crossbench support for the $1.8 billion R&D Tax Bill.
Antony Reed, Chief Executive of the GDAA, supports the announcement as a demonstration of the Government’s strong commitment to the development of Australia’s knowledge economy.
“Since the first announcement of the R&D Tax reform and in our own discussions with the Department, it became very clear that the government has confidence in the abilities of Australian SMEs to deliver ground-breaking innovations for the global market,” said Reed. “Innovation is at the heart of game development and the introduction of the new legislation not only assists in levelling the global competitive playing field, but also affords the local industry the opportunity to challenge traditional gameplay conventions.” (more…)
The Australian Game Development Industry in 2010
Tax Concessions Please the GDAA
As reported over at Screenplay: Australian games developers have long criticised the Federal Government for failing to support the local industry.
For many years the Games Developers’ Association of Australia has been campaigning to get the same tax breaks and government funding schemes as the local film and television industries, with little significant progress made.
But the GDAA is pleased about proposed changes to the Federal Government’s Research and Development Tax Concession Scheme which ironically have been criticised by groups such as the Australian Information Industry Association for “threatening innovation”.
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The GDAA and IEAA Call For Tax Incentives For Games Developers
MELBOURNE, June 12, 2008 – The Games Development Association of Australia (GDAA) and the Interactive Entertainment Association of Australia (IEAA) have today announced an alliance to urge the Australian Government to offer tax incentives for the local interactive entertainment industry. The GDAA and the IEAA have also aligned to support intellectual property protection and the introduction of an R18+ classification for video games. (more…)