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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.

Step1

​Before applying

Database checks

You need to check the Classification database to check whether the item has a classification history before completing the application form. This will affect what kind of certification/classification you will apply for.

What services does the Classification Board provide?

The Classification Board can classify films, publications or computer games for enforcement agencies (or provide certification of an existing classification) where films, publications or computer games have been seized and where the classification of a film, computer game or publication is unclear.

For example, where classification of material is needed for prosecuting an offence under State or Territory Classification enforcement legislation, or where expert enforcement officers consider the content of the material borderline.

What will the Classification Board provide to you?

If you have provided material that is unclassified and apply for its classification, the Board will provide you with a Classification Certificate, plus an Evidentiary Certificate stating the classification if you request it on the application form.

If the material is unclassified, or has been previously classified you may apply for an Evidentiary Certificate declaring that the material is unclassified, or certifying the prior classification of the material.

A classification certificate will include the following information:

  • production details of the publication, film or computer game
  • the classification decision granted by the Board
  • any consumer advice (not applicable for Refused Classification (RC) materials)
  • the date the certificate was issued

An Evidentiary certificate will include the following information:

  • production details of the publication, film or computer game
  • the action taken, or not taken by the Classification Board in relation to the product
  • reasons for the Board’s decision under the National Classification Code if the decision is RC
  • the date of action taken by the Board in relation to the product

The Classification Board can provide certificates describing the content of your material, but will not provide expert witnesses to appear in court. The Classification Board’s role is strictly limited to the certification and/or classification of your material.

The evidentiary certificate issued under section 87 of the Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995 may form part of a prosecution case. Enforcement agencies must ensure that any prosecution cases take into account and acknowledge that Classification Certificates and Evidentiary Certificates are the only services the Classification Board can provide.

Classification Contacts

Before proceeding with any applications for classification you should consult the Classification Enforcement Contact in your State or Territory for advice, as the Classification Branch and Classification Board cannot advise you about how to prosecute a suspected offence.

A list of current Classification Enforcement Contacts is available in the Enforcement Package, which also includes samples of the Classification Certificate and Evidentiary Certificates.

Police - before you submit

After you have contacted your Classification Enforcement Contact, you must then contact the Senior Applications Officer before submitting material for classification or certification.

Customs Seizures

Customs seizures are now treated the same way as other enforcement applications.

Customs officers considering submitting material for classification or certification should first contact the Exemptions Officer.

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