Games Residency

Pictured: 2023 Games residents Lily Bowditch and Lindsay Kelso

Screen Queensland's Games Residency is a year-long program for early-career game developers, focused on developing the skills and knowledge required to develop new games and games studios.

The first of its kind in Australia, the residency program is run in partnership with Workforce Australia Self-Employment Assistance provider Birdifi Bridge, with  participants provided with co-working space, access to leading industry experts, business mentoring and income support.

The inaugural Games Residency cohort was supported throughout 2023, with the second group commencing in early 2024.

Applications for future programs will be announced at a later date.





Welcome Day

Visit from Dan Vogt

Gameloft Tour

MAXART's Dale and Thomas visit

Gameloft portfolio review

Resume review and mock job interviews



Can I join the residency if I already have a job?
Eligibility for the Screen Queensland Games Residency requires applicants to be committed to working on their Games business for the required hours as a primary activity. Further, eligibility for funding through Self-Employment Allowances requires applicants be currently accessing, or eligible for, government funded Income Support (such as Jobseeker). If you are able to self-support your full participation in the residency, but you are not on Government income support, you may still be eligible for the program.

For more details about Self-Employment Assistance and your eligibility, please refer to the websites of Workforce Australia or Birdifi Bridge, or call Centrelink directly.

Who can be used as a written reference?
Written references can be provided by anyone who can vouch for your character and/or work ethic – this could be a past teacher, past employer, friend or community member.

What should be included in the Business Details section?
Please provide a description of your business idea in 200 words or less, which may include leveraging your games skillset through contract work, a potential game idea, studio concept, target audience, platform and/or monetisation strategy.

If I create a game during my time at the residency, do I own the game?
Screen Queensland takes no ownership of your Intellectual Property. You own your work and any companies or businesses you create in this program.

Screen Queensland may publish content for promotional purposes only. Information about your project may be included in Queensland Government or Screen Queensland press releases and/or Screen Queensland's digital channels. This information may include project name, genre and synopsis, names and past credits of individuals comprising the key creative team.


Screen Queensland Games team

+61 7 3248 0500 

2023 Cohort

Lisa Aitchison
Julian Beiboer
Lily Bowditch
Jack Dunphy
Aaron Hambling
Aaron Hambling
Lindsay Kelso
Hay Lee
Jessica Lyon
Annon Mondolo
Gary Murphy
Orçun Nişli
Jamie Pasnin
Jasmine Phillips
Zac Schoessow
Bryce Watson