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General.
General
Suitable for everyone.
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Parental Guidance.
Parental Guidance
Not recommended for children under 15; may contain material which some children find confusing or upsetting.
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Mature.
Mature
Not recommended for children under 15; may include moderate levels of violence, language or themes.
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Mature Audiences.
Mature Audiences
Restricted - unsuitable for persons under 15; may contain strong content.
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Restricted (R).
Restricted (R)
Restricted to adults.
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Restricted (X).
Restricted (X)
Restricted to adults – contains sexually explicit content.
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Industry
Information for the media industry.
Compliance
Compliance
Classification compliance information.
How it all works
How it all works
How it all works.

Legislation

Legislation

Commonwealth legislation 

The classification scheme for films, publications and computer games is a national scheme which is implemented through the Commonwealth Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995 and complemented by  state and territory enforcement legislation.

The enforcement of classification decisions is the responsibility of the states and territories, who are equal partners in the national scheme.

The cooperative classification scheme is made possible by an Intergovernmental Agreement on Censorship made between the Commonwealth and all states and territories.  This agreement states that certain changes to the scheme must be considered and agreed to by ministers with responsibility for classification matters.

The Act is supplemented by a number of regulations, determinations and legislative instruments which include:

Online content is regulated in Australia by the Broadcasting Services Act, which is a Commonwealth Act.

State and territory legislation

Each state and territory has classification enforcement legislation to complement the Commonwealth Classification Act. 

Fees and charges

Fees and charges for classification services are determined by the Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Regulations 2005.

Cost Recovery Impact Statements

The Australian Government's cost recovery policy requires that a Cost Recovery Impact Statement (CRIS) should be prepared for any fees that are changed by an agency where the total annual receipts from all fees exceed $5 million. The aim of the CRIS is to provide clients with information on how the fees are calculated and to improve the transparency of the fee process. It is also a government requirement that CRISs are published on the agency's website.

Classification fees CRIS:

Training fees CRIS: