David Emery, manager of applications at the Australian Classification Branch, has warned the public at large in Australia that there will probably be a two year delay before the country finally sees the full implementation of an R18+ rating.
"There is legislation that's been put to Parliament about the changes," said David Emery in a Politics of Play debate. "What happens next is a long process again. It's probably going to take another couple of years before you're actually going to get an R18 that you can apply for, like a conventional classification that you have today."
The Australian federal government voted in July of this year to introduce the new rating, and federal minister for home affairs Brendan O'Connor stated it "would only take a couple of months."
But Emery disagrees with that timeline strongly and points out a number of obstacles to a quick introduction.
"It's got to go to Parliament, then there's changes that have to be made subsequent to that – to the Classification Act – to allow for people who have had a game that has gone to the classification board and been refused classification to then be resubmitted in some form," he explained. "There also needs to changes made to each state and territories classification act that needs to go through the exact same process that I've just described, except on a state level. All of those things take ages, there are lots of delays."
He goes on to say that it will probably be another couple of years before the agency will be able to accept an application for an R18 game.