Jason Clare, the Minister for Home Affairs has just announced that R18+ for games is set to become a reality, after legislation successfully passing through the Federal Parliament, having just gone through the Senate without amendment.
“These are important reforms over 10 years in the making,” Mr Clare said.
“The R 18+ category will inform consumers, parents and retailers about which games are not suitable for minors to play, and will prevent minors from purchasing unsuitable material.
“The reforms also mean that adults are able to choose what games they play within the bounds of the law.”
The next stage for the R18+ classification is for each separate state to pass their own complimentary legislation, since classification remains a state issue.
According to Jason Clare’s website, this means that, subject to the separate state legislation, we could be on schedule to see our first R18+ for games become a reality by January 1 2013.