AUSTRALIA will trial a new classification tool for mobile and online games to help inform users, particularly parents, about what types of games are being played on their devices.
Australia has joined the International Age Rating Coalition (IARC), a partnership of government and industry content classification authorities from around the world, including the United States, Canada, Europe and Brazil.
By taking part, Australia will trial IARC's new tool for classifying mobile and online games.
Participating online storefronts that use the IARC tool require game developers to obtain certification by completing a questionnaire about the content of their games.
The IARC tool then assigns games with local classifications for each member country or region based on standards set by the relevant authorities.
The use of this tool will help keep the National Classification Scheme up to date with the pace of growth of mobile and online games.
Australians who download these games through participating storefronts will soon start seeing familiar Australian classifications.
As part of the trial, the Classification Board will audit a large number of classifications made by the IARC tool to ensure they reflect the Australian community's expectations and standards.
The Board also has the power to revoke classifications made by the IARC tool if it decides it would have given the game a different classification.