iGEA backs AU’s first National Cultural Policy in almost 20 years

Senator Kate Lundy is set to chair a public policy consultation which will directly impact the digital media and interactive entertainment sector.

The Interactive Games and Entertainment Association (iGEA) has confirmed its support for the consultation (which is being called the Digital Culture Public Sphere) and is now listed as a sponsor of the event on Senator Lundy’s web site.

A cultural policy on this scale has not been implemented in Australia in almost 20 years, and the aim of the consultation is to create a National Cultural Policy to see the country through the next 10.

Minister for the Arts Simon Crean first released a paper asking for public input into the National Cultural Policy on 11th August.

Minister Crean cites the upcoming implementation of the National Broadband Network (NBN) as a motivator for a concerted plan for the digital sector, stating: "We are laying the foundations for the broad cultural arts and industries in Australia at a time when high speed broadband will providea platform to use our cultural collections and creative skills for new applications, education and research services."

The public consultation will take place in Sydney on 6th October. MCV understands that Kate Lundy’s office is reaching out to all corners of the industry for input and support.

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