Gillard Government: Mobile phone games should undergo classification

Classification of mobile phone apps could be introduced soon

The Australian Labor Party has announced classification of mobile phone games could be introduced soon.

The thousands of apps available for the Apple iPhone and other smartphone platforms including Google's Android OS currently bypass classification, unlike movies and computer games, which are submitted to the Australian Classification Board. According to the Government this is a loophole that needs to be addressed.

An article in The Australian quotes a spokesperson for Minister of Home Affairs Brendan O'Connor who said the minister was "concerned about the classification of games playable on mobile telephones and had put the wheels in motion to address this with his state and territory counterparts."

Although it is still unclear how mobile phone apps will be classified, the Classification Board's Web site reveals it can cost up to $2040 to gain classification for a computer game. Local app developers in Australia have already expressed concern, with some saying that it could force them to move their business overseas.