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Election Survey - Western Australia 2013 - Q9

Q9 - Computer games classification

A campaign by gamers for an adults-only computer games category has led to a new R18+ category in WA and elsewhere. Sadly, parents’ wishes for the more extreme MA15+ games to be relocated to the new R18+ category have not yet been fulfilled. Moreover, contrary to assurances given by attorneys-generals that there would be no dilution of the Refused Classification category, a WA parliamentary committee has found that the new R18+ guidelines would allow previously refused classification material to be included. Research shows that the interactive nature of games makes violent games more dangerous than other media.

Would you support a tightening of the classification guidelines for computer games? 

Party Reply Score

WA Labor Party

The State Government allows R18+ movies to be sold in Western Australia, subject to the restriction of sale to adults. Video games classified in the same manner will also be restricted for sale to adults only.

WA Labor believes that viewing of any R18+ material by children less than 18 years of age is a matter for parental supervision and it is hoped that responsible partents would not allow children to be viewing such material.

It should be noted that the Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Enforcement Amendment Bill 2012, which provided for the R18+ classification, allows for the prosecution of anyone who is not a parent or legal guardian for supplying the material to a minor.


Liberal Party

Following agreement at the July 2011 Standing Committee of Attorneys-General meeting, Censorship Ministers agreed to introduce an R18+ classification for computer games. Ministers agreed and accepted that there was to be no dilution of the Refused Classification (RC) category. The States and Territories agreed to amend their enforcement legislation to provide for restrictions on the sale and distribution of R18+ computer games and for these amendments to coincide with the commencement of amendments to the Commonwealth legislation on 1 January 2013. Accordingly, amendments have been made to the Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Enforcement Act 1996 (WA) to provide for strictures to be places upon the sale and distribution of R18+ computer games and this came into effect on 1 January 2013.

Family First Party                                                                                                    

Yes definitely.
The Greens 

The Greens (WA) supported the Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Enforcement Amendment Bill 2012 and affirmed when it was adopted that the introduction of the R18+ category should be used to reclassify material that had been wrongfully amalgamated with material previously classified MA15+.

The Greens (WA) support a continuation of the major principles that have informed media classification in Australia; that is, that adults should be free to make their own informed media choices, and that children have a right to be protected from material that may cause harm. We support the recommendations made by the Australian Law Reform Commission to improve the national classification system and we are committed to realising these.

The Nationals



Australian Christians                                                                                               

Australian Christians considers that the classification scheme for films and computer games should be revised and believes that the R18+ classification should exclude any depiction of actual sex or any implied depictions of sex with children. Australian Christians will take steps to make R18+ games illegal in Australia. The highest classification for computer games should be MA15+. Society has a moral duty to limit what can be conveyed by the media in order to protect children and the whole community from what is harmful, especially violent and pornographic content.


Authorised by: David Phillips, FamilyVoice Australia, 4th Floor, 68 Grenfell St, Adelaide SA 5000


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