The new Pilot program sees the introduction of an all new International Access Pass program, a commercialization skills course, and a showcase celebrating Western Australian games development.
Hon Dave Kelly, Minister for Innovation and ICT, announced the new Pilot on Monday, an effort which aims to support new and emerging businesses in WA to create jobs and ultimately diversify the economy.
In a recent press release, WA’s New Industries said, “The WA Government recognises the games industry in the State is small but emerging with talented people and that there is exciting potential to be part of the burgeoning global industry.”
The International Access Pass is a travel grant worth up to $5,000 in five awards:
- Superstar – the main award, for talented Western Australians who have a great product that
they are ready to take to the world and who can deliver business results;
- Bright Spark – for high potential individuals who have recently graduated (within the last two
years) from a WA university or VET institution/organisation;
- Trailblazer – recognising women who inspire other women and girls to develop their science,
technology, engineering and maths (STEM) skills and act as leaders in their chosen field
- New Horizons – for individuals who use games technology, theory or skills in other sectors
such as education and training, health, mining or finance
- Teamed Up – two awards available for one team who need to travel together to make their
13 WA games industry members are set to receive the first round of the new travel fund, who’ll travel to USA, Europe, New Zealand and within Australia, you can learn more about them and the new program here.