In a moment of serendipity, Jason Clare, The Minister for Home Affairs opened the Game-Tech conference, the morning after announcing that the R18+ amendments had passed through the Senate without amendment. He spoke briefly about the decision, and reconfirmed that the target for getting everything up and running is January 1.
“This is a big win for gamers and it’s a big win for the industry,” he said. “It’s an important reform that has been 10 years in the making.
“It’s a move that helps us compete overseas. Games used to come in cardboard boxes, but that’s all changed now, you can download games now, and they’re in the cloud.”
Jason Clare stated that the plan, dependent on each separate state passing its own legislation, is to get the R18+ rating “up and running” in time for January 1 2013.