Proposed Australian R18+ ratings category detailed

Wednesday, 25th May 2011 07:00 GMT By Brenna Hillier

The office of Australian federal minister for home affairs, Brendan O’Connor, has released draft guidelines for proposed changes to Australia’s games rating system.

Gamespot reports the introduction of an R18+ category is proposed, with the following guidelines:

  • Virtually no restrictions on themes
  • Violence except where it “offends against the standards of morality, decency, and propriety generally accepted by reasonable adults”
  • Implied sexual violence, if justified by context
  • Realistically simulated sexual activity
  • Virtually no restrictions on language
  • Drug use and nudity are permitted

The current highest rating, MA15+, would also see modification, reining in some excesses at the upper end of the spectrum. The caveats listed are:

  • Strong and realistic violence should not be very frequent
  • Sexual activity must not be tied to rewards or incentives
  • Interactive drug use that is detailed and realistic is not permitted
  • Nudity must not be related to incentives and rewards

If accepted, the proposed changes would mean developers are no longer forced to censor games or risk being refused classification. On the consumer side, games with extreme content would be less likely to appear in the MA15+ category.

The nation’s attorney-generals have viewed the proposal, and are expected to give a decision at their next quarterly meeting in July.



  1. Robbins

    Hooray for moving forward

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Lounds

    they should re-release L4D2 so the Ozzys can blow legs off zombies with shotguns, with blood all over the screen.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. James Mac

    We can shoot them, it’s just hitting them with a cricket bat that brings problems… ironic really.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Freek

    Almost moving forward;

    “offends against the standards of morality, decency, and propriety generally accepted by reasonable adults”

    Is nicely vague enough that they can still censor games or refuse classification based on some weirdo’s personal taste in media.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. deadstoned

    I hope the Aussies get R18+ in July, its just becoming embarrassing that these few individuals are just so backwards.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Noodlemanny

    Finally, its not like the whole of Australia has been crying out for this since the dawn of time. The Australian ratings board must have some serious lag issues.

    #6 4 years ago

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