NSW backs R18+ classification

The adult-only category for games will be the first in Australia

New South Wales will back the creation of an R18+ classification for computer games, clearing the way for the adult-only category's introduction.

In July, NSW Attorney-General, Greg Smith, abstained on a vote on the creation of an R18+ classification. The remaining members of the Standing Committee of Attorneys-General unanimously endorsed the idea of such a category for video games.

“I am delighted that NSW has decided to support what is not just a practical public policy, but a very popular policy,” said federal minister for home affairs and justice, Brendan O’Connor, in a statement.

“The introduction of an R18+ classification for computer games will provide better advice to parents and help prevent children and teenagers from accessing unsuitable material.

“Once introduced, the new classification will also afford adults the opportunity to view material designed for adults.”

A national phone survey conducted by market research firm Galaxy found that 80 per cent of the 2226 people contact supported the introduction of an adult category for games.

The federal government is now preparing to enact the new classification.

Draft guidelines presented at the March meeting of attorneys-general have been amended, and will ensure that games containing a high level of violence are restricted to adults.

However, games containing extreme violence will continue to be refused classification and banned from sale altogether.

Read more: Games industry calls for speedy passage of classification changes

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