Games classification labelling under review: AG

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The way computer game classification appears in advertising is set for review.

It is part of a review announced by the federal Attorney-General's office into Determined Markings used to identify classification of films and literature seen in Australia.

Attorney-General Philip Ruddock outlined the review last week in a video address to the Australian International Movie Convention 2004, according to a statement issued by his office.

"The Determined Markings Review will change the way classification information -- the classification symbol, the classification description and the consumer advice -- will appear on advertising for films and computer games once they have been classified by the Classification Board," Ruddock said in the statement.

Ruddock said that the launch of the Determined Markings Review was the start of a six-week consultation period. "Our aim is for an outcome that is easy, effective and informative for both consumers and industry," he said. "The new Determined Markings will be clearer for the Australian public to use."

According to the statement, the projected implementation date of the new Determination is May next year.

The review follows recent amendments of the Classifications (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995, which the AG's statement said "effectively aligns the classifications for films and computer games.

"This amendment means that the classifications for films and computer games will now be G, PG, M and MA15+," it stated. "Films will also be classified R18+ and X18+. These two restricted classifications will not apply to computer games. Any computer game that contains content that exceeds MA15+ will continue to be refused classification."

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