Draft guidelines will inform part of the Government's work toward classification reform.
Australians are being invited to have their say on the classification of computer games that feature gambling-like content with consultation opening on a draft set of guidelines.
The consultation follows the Australian Government's recent announcement of proposed improvements to the National Classification Scheme, including new measures to protect those most vulnerable in the community from gambling harms.
This includes proposed new mandatory minimum classifications of R 18+ (Restricted to adults aged 18 and over) for games that contain simulated gambling and M (Mature—not recommended for persons under 15) for computer games containing loot boxes that can be purchased or other in-game purchases linked to chance.
The proposed new guidelines also contain new definitions around 'In-Game purchases linked to elements of chance', 'Loot Box', 'Real world currency' and 'Simulated Gambling'.
The new measures seek to address community concerns around gambling-like features in computer games without inadvertently capturing chance-based elements that have long been a staple of gaming.
The views of the community will contribute directly to the important work of reforming the National Classification System, a co-operative agreement with state and territory governments.
Following the consultation period, the Minister will work with state and territory governments to finalise the proposed new guidelines.