As you may already be aware the Australian Law Reform Commission is currently reviewing the state of Classification in Australia, and now the ALRC is looking for submissions to aid the process.
In releasing the Issues Paper, the ALRC is seeking wide community input into reform of the classification system, with the aim of advising on a regulatory framework that:
– is consistent across media industries, platforms, and devices
– meets community expectations and is readily understood by the public
– enables Australians to have ready access to a diverse range of forms of information and entertainment content across media platforms
– ensures that appropriate safeguards exist to restrict the availability of inappropriate content, particularly for children
– minimises the costs and regulatory burdens of compliance, and promotes competition and innovation
– is enforceable and promotes public trust in the regulatory system.
From speaking to multiple sources, the ALRC has consistently done a fair and balanced job of evaluating issues of classification in the past, so we’re confident your submissions will be used in a responsible manner.
It’s probably best to be aware that the Classification Review is not dealing with games specifically, although that is part of the remit. It is a long overdue look at the way classification is done in general in this country, to help prepare Australia for the increasing influx of content making its way into the country by various, evolving means.
We’re off to make our submission now.