Australia's government is set to back the introduction of an R18+ rating for video games. Australia currently has no ratings higher than a MA15, meaning a lot of games have not seen release because of the strict criteria.
The move is backed by the Minister of Home Affairs and Justice Brendan O'Connor. Classification ministers will commune on Friday to make a decision on the matter.
"We want to provide better guidance for parents and remove unsuitable material from children and teenagers. The introduction of an R18+ classification will help achieve that," saidO'Connor.
"We believe that this is the right decision for Australian families and the right decision for parents who want to be able to make informed choices about the games their children play."
"Children and teenagers shouldn't be exposed to the gratuitous sex, violence and adult themes that are contained in some computer games," he added.
As a result of the new rating, several MA15 rated games may be reassessed, as will unclassified games. However, O'Connor doesn't guarantee that all unclassified games will meet the criteria.
A national survey commissioned by the Standing Committee of Attorneys General found that 80 percent of the 2226 surveyed support the new R18+ rating.