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Games

The SAFC supports web, interactive and gaming productions and creatives as part of its commitment to supporting and developing all sectors of the South Australian screen industry.

South Australian Video Game Development Rebate

The SA Video Games Development Rebate (SA VGD Rebate) enables video games studios to claim a percentage of costs incurred to develop a video game in South Australia. The SA VGD Rebate is paid by the South Australian Government and administered by the SAFC.

The SA VGD Rebate is a new scheme and the first of its kind in Australia. The Rebate seeks to be responsive to the needs of the games industry and to establish South Australia as a leading location for games development by encouraging established South Australian games studios to scale and by incentivising other games studios to establish a base or undertake work in South Australia.

What is on offer?

A discretionary rebate equivalent to 10% of Eligible Expenditure on video game development work undertaken in South Australia on an Eligible Project*, subject to available funds.

A minimum of AUD $250,000 must be spent and retained in South Australia on Eligible Expenditure on an Eligible Project.

Key dates

The SA VGD Rebate will apply for projects with eligible expenditure incurred between 1 July 2020 and 30 June 2022.

You do not have to wait until the game is completed before applying for Provisional Approval for the SA VGD Rebate. Applicants should apply when the schedule for the game is relatively certain and where funding for the costs of development have been confirmed.

Applications can be made throughout the year at regular intervals. Complete applications must be received no later than six weeks prior to a Board Meeting. Please note that SAFC Board dates may be subject to change at the SAFC’s discretion. Applicants can check latest Board dates and deadlines here.

Guidelines & Downloads

How can I apply?

Submit your application through the SAFC’s online grant portal: safilm.smartygrants.com.au

Before you apply, please make sure you are familiar with the SAFC’s Terms of Trade.

For more information, including eligibility requirements, evaluation criteria and application instructions, download the guidelines (linked above).

Where can I find out more?

For initial enquiries, please contact Program Coordinator Jess Cahill on 08 8394 2029 or programs@safilm.com.au

Main image: Artists working at Adelaide Studios based agency Monkeystack.

Rooftop Renegade by Melonhead Games

Game-changer

South Australia’s ground-breaking Games Rebate is a first in Australia, giving local games companies the advantage in a $180 billion global industry.

Image: Rooftop Renegade, by Melonhead Games