The R18+ legislation has only been passed in NSW and the ACT ahead of its proposed national commencement on January 1, 2013, but retailers are already being brought up to speed on what the changes mean for video game sales.
The Interactive Games and Entertainment Association has revealed that retailers JB HI-FI, Harvey Norman, Dick Smith Electronics, Big W, Ebay Australia, Kmart and Target have been involved in discussions.
"The Classification Board has already held meetings with major retailers to discuss their obligations when the new law takes effect," said the IGEA. "The Classification Board sought the guidance of retailers prior to producing appropriate signage as well as training programs for staff."
Retail staff will be trained in the lead up to and after the new adults only classification comes into effect in 2013. Harsher penalties will apply if stores and staff are caught selling R18+ games to minors, including the possibility of jail time in extreme cases.
By Ben Salter