Late last year, at the request of the South Australian Attorney-General John Rau, The Australian Classification Board was asked to review the classification decisions for 12 games that had received MA15+ ratings here in Australia, but adult classifications from overseas ratings bodies. After reviewing all 12 games individually, the board came back with the precise same rating for each and every single game up for review. Now, the Classification Board has made these reports available to the public.
If you want to read each and every report for the dozen games put up for review you can find them here.
What's interesting about almost every single decision is the fact that the board is, for better or worse, simply implementing the guidelines. Each and every single review makes reference to them in its decision. "The Review Board unanimously decided that the impact of the classifiable elements is no higher than strong", therefore the game is rated MA15+ not R18+. If anything, it's heartening to see that a level of consistency is being reached as the Classification Board gets used to the new guidelines.
Of course there is an element of human error here, and there have been inconsistencies in decisions over the years, but it's actually reassuring to see that the Classification Board is reviewing the same games twice and coming to the same conclusion both times — in 12 different cases. That suggests there is a layer of consistency there, and that's a good thing.