Australia’s Classification system is set for an overhaul to ensure uniform changes across film, television, games, DVD and SVOD.
Communications Minister Paul Fletcher wrote a piece for The Age yesterday referring to an outdated system and anomalies in media rules which were mostly made at a time when the internet did not exist.
“We have a veritable hodgepodge of arrangements in classification that dates back decades. It’s time to bring this framework into the twenty-first century.
“In developing a contemporary framework, we need to implement a structure that meets the needs of industry and provides information and protections for consumers to choose suitable content for themselves and their children,” he wrote.
“With increasing volumes of content to classify, good management of this process is vital.
“The review will examine opportunities for updating classification guidelines – and consider self-classification models. Television broadcasters already self-classify their content; Netflix has its own classification tool; and we have different requirements for films shown in the cinemas, to those distributed on DVDs and those shown on television.”
Fletcher’s comments are part of the government response to the ACCC Digital Platforms Inquiry.