The peak body for the Australian interactive entertainment sector The Interactive Games & Entertainment Association (IGEA) has released a statement that welcomes an agreement to review, and develop new Classification Guidelines
The statement shares’ IGEAs support with the Council of Attorneys-General for the Australian Government to develop new Guidelines for the Classification of Computer Games and Guidelines for the Classification of Films.
The release from Council of Attorneys-General goes as far as suggesting potential amendments to the National Classification Code.
Ron Curry, the CEO of IGEA commented, “IGEA believes in a National Classification Scheme that is modern, efficient and meets the needs of the community, particularly parents and guardians”, said. “The current Classification Guidelines and Code still largely reflects where Australia’s industry and society were in 1995 and are in urgent need for review. We believe parts of the Guidelines and the Code no longer reflect contemporary Australian community standards for how content should be classified in 2019”.
Curry continued, “We have worked closely with the Australian Government over many years to deliver progressive improvements to the National Classification Scheme, including the successful introduction of the R18+ classification category for video games and the implementation of the IARC Classification Tool for online and mobile games”,
“However, we have also been waiting for broader reforms ever since the Australian Law Reform Commission looked at the Scheme back in 2012. We are encouraged by the upcoming review and look forward to participating in the public consultation process”.