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Please be advised the Classification Branch office will be closed
from 5:00pm Monday 24 December until Tuesday the 1 January 2019 inclusive.
We wish you a safe Christmas break, the branch will return
on Wednesday 2 January and will be available to assist then

Check the Classification
Check the Classification
This has advertising approval, but is not yet classified
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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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Information for the general public.
Classification compliance information.
How it all works
How it all works
How it all works.


What to provide and arrange

Essential requirements

You will need to provide:

  • an adequate synopsis of the film or computer game
  • a copy of the trailer or computer gameplay footage (if available)
  • details of major cast and credit lists (only required for films)
  • a completed and signed Assessment of Likely Classification Application Form, downloadable from the right-hand menu on this page
  • the correct fee.

You should also provide as many of the following as possible:

  • details of foreign classifications
  • available foreign advertising
  • 'making of' footage
  • 'sizzle' reels
  • detailed reviews and media comment
  • posters and/or official images
  • detailed production notes
  • scripts and/or screenplay information
  • information from official websites
  • information about the intended audience
  • a statement of contentious material within the film.

You must send the correct documentation, materials and classification fee with any application for classification. If you do not supply all the required information your application will be delayed. The board may request additional material if they have insufficient information to make a reasoned assessment.

Booking a screening time

Most clients arrange a specific screening time to have their trailer or computer gameplay footage viewed by the board. You can book by calling the Exemptions Officer.

You should book as soon as you know the availability of the trailer but no later than one week ahead of your preferred screening date. As the board classifies films for a number of major and independent film distributors, bookings can be limited at certain times of the year.

Acceptable trailer formats

Please check your trailer before the screening date.

If you are submitting a 35mm trailer, it must be delivered to the Classification Board (in Sydney) spooled and wound 'head out'. The board may decline to screen un-spooled or 'tail out' prints or any content obscured by time coding or any other image not intended for the film's release. Black and white trailers of colour films will not be screened.

You may submit a copy in a format not intended for exhibition (such as DVD for 35mm release), but your application may be delayed if the material supplied is not able to be viewed by the board under public exhibition conditions.


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