Australia officially introduces R18+ for games - GameSpot.com
Better late than never...welcome to the big leagues Australia.
As discussed previously, not having R18+ has never really been a problem for Aussies. Very few games are refused classification, Mortal Kombat being the most recent, most of them are rated MA15+ instead.
That's the primary motivation for the Australian goverment - take violent games out of the hands of teenagers rather than giving them to adults, so most current MA15+ games will be reclassified as R18+. Either way, it works for me.
I'll continue to import my games...we still have the ridiculous 50-100% markup vs USA and UK to deal with at Aussie retailers - a $40 - $60 USD game will cost Aussies $90 - $110, despite the parity of our currencies. Price gouging at it's finest! Little wonder Game went under Down Under