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R18+ legislation approved by Aussie House of Representatives

Tuesday, 20th March 2012 00:33 GMT By Brenna Hillier

The House of Representatives has approved plans to introduce an R18+ ratings category for video games in Australia.

The classification reform bill made it through the House of Representatives without amendment.

Concerns over the bill’s fate were raised with the Coalition requested an inquiry; the committee returned an overwhelmingly positive report recommending the legislation be approved.

Having passed this hurdle, the bill will be sent to the Senate where it will be debated further; if blocked, it will have to be re-drafted and resubmitted, if all goes well, individual states and territories will move to accomodate the proposed legislation into their own systems.

Minister for Home Affairs Jason Clare estimates the new ratings category could go into effect as early as January 1 2013.

Currently, Australia’s video games ratings system is out of step with that used for all other media. Games considered to strong in impact for the MA15+ category are refused classification, effectively blocking their retail within the nation. Proposed classification reform would allow these games to be sold within Australia, does not allow for mature content beyond the parameters of current media guidelines, and would also keep high impact games out of the MA15+ category; current classification has been criticised for inconsistency.

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4 Comments

  1. triggerhappy

    Pumped for you guys. This is good news :P

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Se_7_eN

    So that means all T rated games will be R 18+ in Aus. AMIRIGHT!?

    On a serious note, congrats Australia!

    #2 2 years ago
  3. LOLshock94

    best thing to happen to Australia since that dingo ate a baby

    #3 2 years ago
  4. shogoz

    everyone knows that Australians just import the games or download them onto their jtagged consoles. The only game people were annoyed wasn’t released was the newer mortal combat game. I’ve tried heaps of games that weren’t released here and I long ago deemed I really wasn’t missing out on much. Most of them suck ass and wouldn’t have been bought anyway.

    #4 2 years ago

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