One of our readers, Mick, has sent through a summary of what has been cut from the Australian version of Grand Theft Auto IV, in comparison to the UK version. Mick has played through both versions of the game.
According to Mick, when players pick up a prostitute in the Australian version, there is no way to select a 'service' from the prostitute. The sexual intercourse sex animation has also been completely removed, so players will only see the car bounce from a locked rear-view. In the uncut version, after selecting a service from the prostitute, players can rotate the camera to see the prostitute's actions.
Also in the Australian version, no blood pools will appear beneath a dead person after shooting or stabbing them to death. There are blood splatters, but no blood pools. In the uncut version, blood will slowly ooze out from under a body, and it is possible to create bloody footprints by walking through the blood, or bloody tyre tracks from driving through it. Finally, when Niko or other NPCs are injured in the uncut version, light blood patches appear on their bodies which basically represent bruises/bullet wounds.
Mick doesn't make mention of any cutscene changes or any other alterations, so it seems the local censorship really was quite minor.
Thanks to Mick for the tip. It has also come to our attention since publication that bloody footprints and tyre tracks are in the AU version.