The Interactive Games and Entertainment Association has sent out an update today outlining retail preparations for the R18+ rating.
In an email from CEO Ron Curry, word came down that the Australian Classification Branch has been working directly with retailers to educate store staff on selling R18+ games, with the regulations around how R18+ notices must be displayed in-store being approved by the Minister for Justice.
From the email:
The Classification Branch has already held meetings with major retailers to discuss their obligations when the new law takes effect. During these discussion, the Classification Branch sought the guidance of retailers prior to producing appropriate signage as well as training programs for staff, so that informed measures could be put in place in preparation for the new law.
Retailers which have been directly involved with the process included JB HI-FI, Harvey Norman, Dick Smith Electronics, Big W, Ebay Australia, Kmart, Target and EB Games.
The iGEA will be working both directly and through its publisher members to continue to educate retail staff on the R18+ classification after it launches on 1st January.
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