In June 2013 the Australian Bureau of Statistics released some alarming numbers. Of the 581 people officially employed in the Australian games industry, only 8.7% were women.
Now Film Victoria is creating a fellowship in an attempt to help reverse that gender imbalance.
It’s called the Women in Games fellowship and it offers up to $25,000 as a grant.
“The Women in Games Fellowship program has been established to help address the current gender imbalance in both the local and international games industries,” reads one introduction to the program.
“The program will assist women to undertake fellowships and professional development opportunities that will directly assist them to undertake key creative, management and/or leadership roles in the Victorian games sector.”
The program is restricted to Victorian residents and is focused on women with existing industry experience in a “creative, development or production role”.
It seems as though helping women position themselves for leadership roles in the games industry. One section makes reference to potential candidates and their ability to “impact the gender imbalance in the industry” — meaning that the grant is not necessarily about one single woman, but that woman’s ability to affect change from the inside out, thereby encouraging more women to seek jobs in the games industry.
You can find out more about the grant here.