The Attorney-General, Phillip Ruddock, has introduced new legislation to the House of Representatives that places computer games under the same classification system as films.
The Classification (publications, films and computer games) Amendment Bill will create common classifications for films and computer games based on current film classifications. For example, games previously rated G (8+, General) will be rated PG.
“The Bill responds to community demands for a simple system that is the same across all classified products,” Mr Ruddock said.
If approved, the Bill will rename classifications but will not affect the material permissible within each classification.
The Bill won’t introduce an R-rating for computer games. A three-month grace period will follow government approval.