The NZ Game Development Sector Rebate

NZ On Air has been appointed as the agency that will administer the Game Development Sector Rebate Scheme (GDSR) – a rebate that will support the development and growth of our game development sector here in Aotearoa New Zealand.

While some of you may already have an idea of the GDSR and how it will work, we wanted to start by outlining some of the basics as well as give you an update on timelines and the tools we have in place so you can find out more. Our plan is to communicate with you as regularly as we can – so we keep you up-to-speed and answer any questions you may have. 

The more questions you have for us, the better we’ll be able to provide all the detail and clarification you need, so do send us your questions and we will aim to answer those both within this newsletter and on the NZ On Air website. Just email Also, make sure you regularly check for the most up-to-date info on the GDSR. We also encourage you to sign up to the GDSR newsletter updates from NZ On Air. You can do that here.


Let’s start with The Timeline:


The Basics:


How does the GDSR work?

You can find Guidelines about eligibility criteria, the registration process and the application process in this document (Game Development Sector Rebate Design Features) on the NZ On Air website. But, in brief:


Pilot Application Phase

As a way to stress test and fine tune the admin processes behind the rebate, a Pilot Application Phase has been put in place. 



NZ On Air is in the process of recruiting for specialist positions to work within the Games Rebate team.   While the applications have closed, if you want to make a late application, you can contact:Scott King, Inside Recruitment,  Alternatively check the NZ on Air website here



Meet the NZ on Air Games Rebate Team as they introduce themselves, give a high level overview of the end to end GDSR process and answer questions from the NZGDA community.  Webinar hosted by NZGDA Board Member, Carl Leducq.


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