The Australian Government is backing in the digital games sector by introducing legislation to establish a Digital Games Tax Offset in the coming months.

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A 30 per cent refundable tax offset will be available to eligible games developers that spend a minimum of $500,000 on qualifying Australian development expenditure.

Minister for the Arts, Tony Burke, said the Offset will promote the growth of Australia’s digital games development industry and increase our market share in the rapidly expanding global sector.

“From The Hobbit back in the 1980s right up to Unpacking – Australian developers have a proud history, and we want to nurture that well into the future,” Minister Burke said.

In Australia, game development studios generated $226.5 million of income and employed 1,327 fulltime workers in 2020-21.

The legislation will form part of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997, which already provides incentives to the screen sector.

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