So a few days ago at the Standing Committee of Attorneys-General meeting in Canberra, Australia’s censorship ministers finally got around to writing the first draft of guidelines for an R18+ rating for Australia.  Apparently while they were at it they decided they needed to look over the entire classification system.  The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) has been set to conduct a review of classification system of  Australia in light of “changes in technology, media convergence and the global availability of media content.”  Essentially as they were going over the lack of R18 they realized that the ratings guidelines were written back when movies came on VHS and there were no smart phones or internet as we know it.

“When the National Classification Scheme began, classifiable content and the way it was delivered to consumers was relatively static. Today, films can be watched in a cinema, on DVD, on TV or downloaded. Many video games include significant film segments to tell stories, and some films have interactive content. The National Broadband Network will increase this ready access to classifiable content. People, particularly parents, need a system of classification in Australia that allows them to make informed choices about what they wish to read, see and hear.”

So they want to hold another public consultation to see if any of the old guidelines, which cover all forms of media not just video games,  need updating.  If you would like to give your two cents you can submit a comment here.   All comments must be recieved by 28 January 2011.

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