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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 3—Commencement of proceedings

Commencement of proceedings

The rules for how soon prosecution for Classification Enforcement offences must commence after the alleged offence vary depending on your jurisdiction. Generally there is no time limit for prosecution of child pornography offences unless specified below.

  • ACT—Proceedings must start within one year of the date of classification of material.
  • NSW—Proceedings must start within one year of the date of classification of material OR 1 year from the date of agreement to 'classification by consent'.
  • NT—Proceedings must start within two years of the alleged offence.
  • Qld—No time limit for when proceedings can start.
  • SA—Proceedings must start within one year of the alleged offence for classification offences; or within 2 years of the alleged offence for child abuse or bestiality offences.
  • Tas—Proceedings must start within one year of the date of classification of material.
  • Vic—Proceedings must start within one year of the date of classification of material OR 1 year from the date of agreement to 'classification by consent'.
  • WA—Proceedings must start within two years of the alleged offence.

The information above has been provided for reference only and may be out of date. Please seek expert advice from within your law enforcement agency before making any decisions based on this information.

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