As promised, the Minister for Home Affairs, Brendan O'Connor, and Attorney-General, Robert McClellend, have put forth a proposal to reform the country's current classification system, after deliberating a need to draft new guidelines at a recent SCAG (Standing Committee of Attorney-Generals) meeting in Canberra.
The two will ask the Australian Law Reform Commission to review the current system in hopes to bring it up to modern speed given advances in technology since it was last looked at in 1991.
"As Australia’s foremost law reform institution, the ALRC is well suited to lead this important work," McClellend said.
"It has become increasingly clear that the system of classification in Australia needs to be modernised so it is able to accommodate developments in technology now and in the future," O'Connor said in a joint press release
. "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," he added. "This important review will look not only at classification categories, but also at the whole classification system to ensure it continues to be effective in the 21st century."
The Attorney-General's department will be accepting comments on the proposed changes from the public (until January 28), and you can check out the proposed terms of the review by clicking here