R18+ computer games legislation passes the Parliament
18 June 2012
Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Justice Jason Clare today said that an R18+ category for computer games would now become a reality after it passed the Federal Parliament.
The legislation tonight passed the Senate without amendment.
The reforms bring the classification categories for computer games into line with existing categories used to classify films. It also makes the Australian classification regime more consistent with international standards.
“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 introduction of an R18+ category for computer games has been the subject of extensive public consultation over recent years.
The Attorney-General's Department released a discussion paper on the introduction of an R 18+ classification category for computer games in 2009.
They received 58,437 submissions in response with 98 per cent of these supporting the introduction of an R 18+ category.
The Bill also has the support of State and Territory Attorneys-General, who agreed to this reform at the Standing Committee of Attorneys-General meeting in July 2011.
The States and Territories will pass their own complementary legislation to ensure that R 18+ computer games are appropriately regulated.
Subject to this occurring the national scheme will commence on 1 January next year.
Media contact: Korena Flanagan