The Australia Classification Board (commonly abbreviated to ACB) is the statutory classification body of Australia. It was formerly known as Office of Film & Literature Classification (commonly known as OFLC) until 2006.

Game Ratings

Icon Meaning Impact Description Example
ACB E Exempt N/A Exempt from classification. Art Academy
ACB G General Very Mild All Ages. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
ACB PG Parental Guidance Mild Parental guidance is recommended for younger audiences under 15. Super Smash Bros. Brawl
ACB M Mature Moderate Recommended for Mature Audiences 15 and over. Fire Emblem Awakening
ACB MA15 Mature Accompanied 15+ Strong Restricted to those under 15 unless accompanied by an adult guardian. MadWorld
ACB R18 Restricted 18+ High Adults only. Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge

Significant Changes to the System

In late 2012, Australia finally added an 18+ rating so certain mature games would not have to be censored or not released in the region at all. The first game to get such a rating was Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge.

In August 2014, legislation was passed to revamped the board to make it more modern. This changed how games were rated completely. It greatly reduced both the time and the cost for a game's ratings. Free apps are also required to be rated as well. This allows eShop games to come to the region much easier.

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