The Australian Law Reform Commission has proposed streamlining classifications across film, television, computer games and online content.
The proposed changes include the introduction of a PG 8+ and T 13 + (Teen) rating in addition to the current children ratings of C (children) and G (general).
The proposed new framework envisages:
– a greater role for industry in classifying content—allowing government regulators to focus on the content that generates the most community concern, and ensure access to adult content is properly restricted;
– content will be classified using the same categories, guidelines and markings whether viewed on television, at the cinema, on DVD or online;
– changes to classification categories, with age references—PG 8+ and T 13+ (Teen)—to help parents choose content for their children; and
– the Commonwealth taking on full responsibility for administering and enforcing the new scheme.
Currently there are different classification codes across different media. In TV Tonight‘s recent Audience Inventory, readers voted that having TV classifications match Film classifications was an Important industry issue.
ALRC President Professor Rosalind Croucher said, “The ALRC has heard loud and clear that the current system is broken and no longer fits with how people are consuming media content. It is poorly equipped to deal with the challenges of media convergence, and the case for reform is strong. The ALRC is proposing reform that can be phased in to allow time for industry and the community to adapt to the new scheme. Responses to the Discussion Paper will help inform the development of final recommendations for reform.”
The commission believes the use of age references will provide a better guide for parents to in assessing content for children.
The ALRC is accepting submissions on its Discussion Paper until November 18.
Source: The Age