R18+ on the way

24 07 2011

All states and territories of Australia (except for NSW) have agreed to introduce a new adult R18+ category of classification for computer games.

It is anticipated that current M15+ classified games, which are inappropriate for children will be reclassified to a new R18+ rating. Justice Minister Brendan O’Connor today said that the new classification was required to protect children from adult content, and that the existing refused classification system would be maintained to ensure that the most inappropriate content was not classified.

There has been significant debate on the introduction of a new adult category for computer games, with strong lobbying from the computer games industry. The debate has been ongoing for approximately 9 years.

It is expected that NSW will review and consider the agreement reached including amendments included in the draft proposal.

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