Act change 'removes R18+ games from black market'

Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie
Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie Greg Miller

ADULT gamers rejoice, the sale of R18+ computer games in Queensland is now on the cards following an amendment introduced into Parliament.

Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie said the amendment to the Classification of Computer Games and Images Act 1995 introduced on Wednesday night would remove them from the black market.

It is the first time these have been available in Queensland, with most players opting to import them through online vendors.

Debate had raged for years at a national level as the Australian Classification Board would put games that were rated R18+ overseas into an MA15+ category with minor tweaks.

Those lobbying for the introduction of the higher classification warned that these games were not designed for anyone under 18.

A standing council of attorneys-general made a decision to allow R18+ games nationally, with each state drafting its own legislation.

Mr Bleijie said it was time to take this material from the black market and regulate it.

"We have not had an R18+ rating for computer games previously and these amendments will mirror the current classification system for films," Mr Bleijie said.

"Some material in these games is certainly not appropriate for children, so this new structure will be a good guide for parents and retailers as to what is appropriate.

"Those purchasing the products will be required to present proof of age to ensure only those over the legal age can access the games.

"This system has worked with films for a long time and it makes sense for computer games to be treated the same."

Mr Bleijie said the amendments would bring Queensland in line with the rest of the country.

"As part of the council's censorship meetings, the attorneys-general agreed to introduce an R18+ classification and implement a national approach to computer game classification," he said.

"The other states and territories have made these amendments and, by following suit, we can prevent the games being purchased interstate and brought back so they can be sold illegally."

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