Just posted it on [url="http://australianit.news.com.au/articles/0,7204,7101157%5E15317%5E%5Enbv..."]the news page[/url], but I thought it was pretty big news to reiterate here for discussion.
"THE Victorian government is contributing $150,000 towards the establishment of a Melbourne campus of the Academy of Interactive Entertainment....
It is scheduled to open for the first semester of 2004.
Ms Thomson said the new campus would initially create six new jobs, intake 80 students in the first year and be staffed by game industry veterans."
I think it has definately been a long time coming, especially since Melbourne is pretty much Australia's biggest game development state (closely followed by Queensland, of course). Good to see government support for the industry, compared to the lack of support over a year ago (you can check the news on Sumea for the numerous articles on this). Now, how about doing something in Sydney... [;)]