ACT becomes first Australian state to prep R18+ legislation

Australian Capitol Territory Attorney-General Simon Corbell is eager to introduce adult rating for video games in the state; will introduce R18+ legislation in the Legislative Assembly this week.

The ACT has become the first Australian state or territory to move forward on the introduction of an R18+ classification for video games.

ACT Attorney-General Simon Corbell announced today that the ACT Government will introduce the R18+ legislation in the Legislative Assembly this week in order to allow for the creation of an adult rating category for games once the R18+ amendment bill becomes law on January 1, 2013.

ACT Attorney-General Simon Corbell.

"The ACT Government has been a strong advocate in national discussions on the issue of an R18+ classification for computer games in Australia, and I am pleased to be able to introduce this bill to the Legislative Assembly," Corbell said. "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."

The R18+ amendment bill passed the Lower House last week after being introduced in parliament earlier this year by Federal Minister for Home Affairs Jason Clare. The bill will now enter the Senate, where it will be voted on in the coming weeks. Once it passes the Senate, the R18+ legislation will become law.

The ACT has been a vocal supporter of the introduction of an R18+ classification for video games in Australia. In April last year, Corbell announced the state's intentions to "prepare options" for the introduction of the rating should other states and territories fail to reach a national agreement on the matter.

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SuprSaiyanRockr
SuprSaiyanRockr

@ bhaal_spawn Thank you for clarifying. It seems I was misinformed.

Scorpion1813
Scorpion1813

@Aramantha: It's already been made public that currently banned games will stay banned. They will not be reclassified without the game being resubmitted - and even then I can't remember if they will be eligible for classification.

Scorpion1813
Scorpion1813

@NBurrows: That should be assured country-wide. I don't get why one state is guaranteed where-as others aren't. The government is supposed to lead the WHOLE country - not a number of separate factions ruling independent states. Seriously, there is practically no need for an overall leader if the states are acting independently anyway. And by acting independently, I mean making decisions that only effect them and not the rest of the country.

NBurrows
NBurrows

@Scorpion1813 This doesn't mean that the ACT will get R18+ before the rest of the country. It just means that they are the first state or territory to ensure that come January 1, 2013 they will have access to R18+ games.

bhaal_spawn
bhaal_spawn

@SuprSaiyanRockr marijuana is not legal in ACT, it is just decriminalised which is different, buying/selling and growing is illegal and punishable by law but the possession in small amounts intended for personal use is will not get criminal charges but they will enforce treatment and rehab programs

Aramantha
Aramantha

Hopefully this is going to uncensor games (such as l4d2) when future releases are coming, and hopefully it isnt just the same sort of stuff as an MA rating, so maybe just maybe we will get Mortal Kombat

Scorpion1813
Scorpion1813

Once they sort out this classification issue they can start working on unifying the states so that they all follow the same laws and regulations. It's rather BS that they are introducing this only to one state rather than the whole country. Can it be even considered a country if they all follow different rules and leadership.

SuprSaiyanRockr
SuprSaiyanRockr

This is a good sign, but not necessarily a certainty for the rest of us. Case in point; marijuana is legal in some parts of the ACT.

Nintendo_Man
Nintendo_Man moderator

Maybe we should get people in the ACT to import games for fellow Gamespotters (we all know NSW is always lagging behind in most things). :D