Second Life income taxable in Australia?

Reuter are running a report that the Australian Tax Office has ruled that profits made in-world will attract a tax liability. Quoting a Fairfax newspapers article, there\’s also discussion by Reuter\’s of the UK investigation into the issue of tax liability.

So we\’re assuming this means that if you are making serious money in SL, then registering an ABN may be worth considering. If you are making more than $50 000 Australian, then it\’s another ball game again. The Australian Tax Office has all the fun detail on the tax system.

Aussie landmarks appearing as Second Life locations

Whilst looking for a location for SLOz\’s new in-world location, I came across sims with the names of Boggabri and Toowoomba. Neither looked much like their counterparts of course, but I\’m wondering what the impetus is for those names being selected…

Version 1.1.3 of SL is released

Linden Labs have released the much awaited update to SL and the initial response has been… well… a lot of queuing to actually get back in. Linden are asking people to wait in queue and eventually they\’ll get in. Another example of SL and the real world merging!

Any reports of usability of 1.1.3 gratefully accepted.

Staking the Claim

SLOz is the first Second Life news portal aimed at informing Australian SL users on events in-world, real world issues impacting on SL and pretty much anything else SL related. If you have an event you\’d like to promote, contact me. Not interested in promoting new Casinos or Free Sex Communities however.

The plan is to provide at least one news story per day. In the short term the emphasis will be on non-Australian content but as Aussies start promoting themselves in SL then that will become the focus.


The Metaverse Journal is a site devoted to bringing an Australian perspective to virtual worlds. Launched in November 2006, we believe that virtual worlds at the very least may bring a new approach to internet-based interaction, and we want to cover their evolution. Virtual worlds may provide some of society\’s biggest opportunities and greatest challenges in coming years – it\’s an area worth keeping informed about.

David Holloway (SL: Lowell Cremorne) – Founder and Editor


Lowell\’s real-world typist is technology writer David Holloway. He has been involved with virtual worlds since heavy use of a MOO in 1993. David consults to business, government and media on virtual worlds (contact David for further information) and is currently writing a book on the topic.

Contact David in Second Life via IM (to Lowell Cremorne) , use our contact form, or drop a line via Facebook or Twitter.

Tateru Nino – Senior Writer


Tateru has been writing about virtual worlds since 2006 and has writing credits at Massively, Second Life Insider and New World Notes to name three. Based in Melbourne, Tateru has an innate talent in grasping the power of worlds like Second Life and reports on that power in an incisive, objective way.

Contact Tateru in Second Life via IM , or use our contact form

Anastasia Vesperman (SL: Feldspar Epstein) – Writer at large


Anastasia has a rich and varied history. Based in Melbourne, her areas of knowledge span computing and programming, music, culture and the arts, education, and a whole host of other bits and pieces. She has been a user of MMOs for over 10 years. She has an abiding love of frogs, insects and spiders, and all things gothic.

Contact Anastasia in Second Life via IM (to Feldspar Epstein) , or use our contact form


We\’d like to hear from anyone who has Australian-specific events to promote in-world, or even just a heads-up on something new and interesting happening. We cover business, health, education and anything in-between. Check our FAQ for specifics


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