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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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ComplianceHow it all works
How it all works
How it all works.

Step 1—Establish the rules specific to your intended prosecution and jurisdiction

Establish the rules specific to your intended prosecution and jurisdiction

Classification Enforcement offences

 

  • ACT—Material does not need to be classed before prosecution commences.
  • NSW—Defendant(s) can agree to the likely classification of material ('classification by consent'); otherwise material must be classified before prosecution commences.
  • NT—Material does not need to be classed before prosecution commence.
  • Qld—Material does not need to be classified before commencing proceedings.
  • SA—Defendant(s) can agree to the likely classification of material ('classification by consent'); otherwise material must be classified before prosecution commences.
  • Tas—Material does not need to be classed before prosecution commences.
  • Vic—Material must be classified before prosecution commences.
  • WA—Defendant(s) can agree to the likely classification of material ('classification by consent'); otherwise material must be classified before prosecution commences.

Please note: the information above is provided as a guide only. You should always check the most recent version of your jurisdiction's classification enforcement legislation at state and territory legislation.

Child pornography, abuse or exploitation material

Classification is not a mandatory requirement to prosecute criminal offences relating to child pornography, abuse, or exploitation in any state or territory. In all jurisdictions it is now at the discretion of a 'reasonable person' to determine whether material could be defined as child pornography, abuse or exploitation.

Therefore classification is not required before proceedings can commence for these offences.

Material may still be submitted for classification, for example in cases where the material is considered borderline and therefore a classification decision would strengthen the prosecution case.

Please call the Client Manager to discuss any such cases before sending in applications.

 

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