Updated legislation to power up the sector.

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The Digital Games Tax Offset (DGTO) has been given the green light in the Senate, after being flagged for introduction by the Australian Government last October.

The DGTO offers a 30 per cent refundable tax offset to eligible games developers that spend a minimum of $500,000 on qualifying Australian development expenditure for new eligible games, or on live ops updates across a suite of released eligible games, delivering new features and improved player experience.

The legislation is the first of its kind for the industry, supporting growth in large-scale games development in the Australian marketplace, attracting inbound investment and international development, and expanding the reach of home-grown developers in the $250 billion global industry.

It’s estimated in the next decade Australia’s digital games sector could generate $1 billion annually by 2030, and create 10,000 new highly skilled full-time jobs.

The DGTO will be administered by the Office for the Arts and the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), and forms part of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997.

Further guidance information and details about how to apply will be made available on the Office of the Arts website.

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