ACT's Attorney General Simon Corbell has always been one of the most outspoken AsG in favour of an R18+ rating for Australia, so it makes sense that his state would be the first to put through R18+ legislation at a State level. If all goes to plan, ACT could be the first Australian state to officially pass an adult rating for games.
"The ACT will be the first jurisdiction to progress a bill giving effect to the Commonwealth's decision to implement the R18+ category in Australia," said ACT Attorney-General Simon Corbell.
The R18+ bill has already been passed in the House of Representatives, but after the legislation is passed at a Federal level, it is up to each state to implement another level of legislation that will allow the R18+ rating to come into full effect.
"This is part of a national reform that will allow adult gamers to view R18+ material in the same way that can already be done for film and printed material," said Corbell.
The legislation is currently being looked at by the Senate. Considering all Attorneys-General gave the R18+ guidelines the okay at the last SCAG meeting, we expect that all other states will promptly follow ACT's example.