Classifications advise about the impact of a video game’s content, as well as the most suitable audience for it.
Generally, all video games for sale or hire in Australia must be classified by the Classification Board.
The G, PG and M classifications are advisory only and there are no legal age restrictions regarding the sale or hire of these video games. On the other hand, MA15+ is a legally restricted classification.
CTC - Check the Classification
Unclassified video games can be advertised prior to classification. The message ‘Check the Classification’ or the letters ‘CTC’ can be used to indicate a computer game is yet to be classified.
G - General (Advisory Classification)
Video games with a G classification have very mild content and are for general viewing/playing. While many G games cater for children, not all will be of interest to them.
PG - Parental Guidance Recommended (Advisory Classification)
Video games with a PG classification have mild content and contain material that a parent or carer might need to explain to younger children.
M - Recommended for Mature Audiences (Advisory Classification)
Video games with an M classification have moderate content and are not recommended for people under 15 years old, as a level of maturity is required.
MA15+ - Not Suitable for People Under 15 (Legally Restricted Classification)
Video games with an MA15+ classification have strong content and are not suitable for people under 15 years old. A person under 15 years old cannot purchase or rent an MA15+ video game unless accompanied by their parent or an adult guardian*.
* The ‘guardian’ must be an adult (18 years or older) exercising ‘parental control’ over the person under 15 years of age. An older sibling or friend would not generally satisfy this requirement, whereas a grandparent, aunt or uncle may.
R 18+ - The content is high in impact (Restricted)
R 18+ material is restricted to adults. Such material may contain classifiable elements such as sex scenes and drug use that are high in impact. Some material classified R18+ may be offensive to sections of the adult community. A person may be asked for proof of their age before purchasing, hiring or viewing R18+ films and computer games at a retail store or cinema.