The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) is currently seeking volunteers for a pilot focus group program as part of a review of the Australian classification system, so if you want to help shape the way games, movies, and publications are classified, now is your chance.
The classification review is not exclusively for video games. Rather, it is a pilot program that aims to determine community standards. Two groups consisting of 15 volunteers will be asked to view and discuss films, video games, publications and online content, some of which the ALRC has warned may be "offensive, confronting and disturbing".
Participants must be over 18 years of age and be available in Sydney on 22 October, 31 October and 2 November. The pilot focus groups will run for half a day on one of these days — the precise date is yet to be confirmed. And if you live interstate, the ALRC are willing to cover reasonable costs that you incur in getting yourself to the session, such as economy flights, one night's accommodation, taxi fares to and from the airport, and lunch is provided on the day.
To apply to be in the focus groups, head to ALCR website and fill in an application form. The ALCR is looking for a wide range of people to represent the community, so it would be great to get some members of the gaming community on there.
Applications close 19 September 2011 — there are a few sections you will need to complete including a statement explaining why you are interested in taking part, as well as how you cope with viewing confronting and offensive material. If you apply, let us know how you go!
[ALRC] Thanks for the tip, Sam Timmins!