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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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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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How it all works.

Step 1

General rules

Material that is imported is subject to assessment by the Australian Border Force. Items considered to be 'objectionable goods' under subregulation 4A(1A) of the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956 ('the Regulations') are restricted imports and require permission to be imported. These types of goods may be detained or seized by Australian Border Force.

Generally, you can import any film, computer game or publication that has been classified under Australian classification guidelines. However, material that has been refused classification (RC) is usually considered to be 'objectionable goods' and cannot be imported. You can search the Classification database to find out the classification history of a film, computer game or publication. If a product has not been previously classified in Australia you should consider whether it may be 'objectionable goods'.

'Objectionable goods' are publications and any other goods that:

  1. describe, depict, express or otherwise deal with matters of sex, drug misuse or addiction, crime, cruelty, violence or revolting or abhorrent phenomena in such a way that they offend against the standards of morality, decency and propriety generally accepted by reasonable adults to the extent that they should not be imported, or
  2. describe or depict in a way that is likely to cause offence to a reasonable adult, a person who is, or who appears to be, a child under 18 (whether the person is engaged in sexual activity or not), or
  3. promote, incite or instruct in matters of crime or violence, or
  4. promote or incite the misuse of a drug specified in Schedule 4, or
  5. advocate the doing of a terrorist act.

Objectionable goods are also computer games classified RC (Refused Classification) under the Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995.

If you are unsure whether goods you wish to import are likely to be deemed 'objectionable' you should discuss this with the Client Liaison Team before buying or importing, and before submitting any request for permission to import goods.

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