A new amendment
to the Australian Classification Act 1995 has enabled a numerous amount of major changes to the way we classify video games, bringing about a fast and cost effective classification of digital and mobile games, exemptions for certain unclassified games to be viewable at special events and removed the obligation to separately classify add-ons to games.
Passing the Senate late yesterday, the classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Amendment (Classification Tools and Other Measures) Bill 2014 brings about some quite large changes to the way Australia classifies its games. The amendment was met with much welcome by Interactive Games and Entertainment Association of Australia, which has been lobbying the government on this matter for more than three years.
One of the key changes to the legislation was the ability to cost-effectively rate mobile phone games, which had previously been ignored by the rating system. These games will now be filed using methods like the International Age Rating Coalition (IARC) tool, rather than going through the Classification Board itself.
Other changes include allowing the Minister to determine what types of additional DLC is classifiable and removing the requirement to classify games at special events, as long as age restrictions are kept appropriate. Those interested in reading the full document can find it available on the Australian Government website