Considering that Australia is known for it’s rugged nature and feel, you would think censorship would not be that big an issue.
In actuality most Australian states ban the sale and purchase of any media with content deemed for 18 and up.
The import market has flourished because of this as it’s not illegal to own that type of content, it’s only illegal to purchase it in country. The importer business in Australian may be due to start drying up in some states as a result of a new rating category.
For years Australian gamers have been getting the shaft when it comes to adult oriented game releases. High profile games like the Witcher 2 and Left for Dead 2 have had to be censored in order to meet an MA15+ rating, while games like Mortal Kombat (2011) have been banned completely.
It’s bad enough that by the time most games make their way to Australia they’ve been available domestically for close to a year and reduced in price stateside, yet Aussies still have to pay the full MSRP. With a recent decision to maintain an R18+ rating label, Aussie gamers are going to get a chance to experience the remaining 75% of the games on the market. The ruling has to be adopted by each state individually so I don’t expect to see the entire continent lining up for me to take them on in Mortal Kombat anytime soon, but the potential is there.