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

Step 1—Is it exempt?

Is it exempt?

What is an 'exempt' film or computer game?

Some films and computer games are exempt from the usual classification requirements, removing the need to pay a classification fee, thus encouraging product diversity and the continued availability of products with limited market appeal in Australia.

Films and computer games that are exempt under Section 6B of the Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995 are typically distributed to a limited market.

Is my product exempt?

In order to be exempt from classification your film or computer game must meet all of the three criteria below:

  1. It cannot have any advertisements for unclassified films or computer games which have not been assessed by the Classification Board or an Authorised Advertising Assessor, or which have been assessed by same as being likely to be classified M or higher. It also cannot contain advertisements for classified films or computer games rated M or higher.
  2. It cannot contain any content that would cause the film or computer game to be classified M or higher if it were submitted for classification (refer to the Guidelines for the Classification of Films or Guidelines for the Classification of Computer Games for more information).
  3. The content must fit within one of the defined categories of 'exempt films' or 'exempt games' from Section 6B (see tables below).

What types of films and computer games may be exempt?

Films or computer games must strictly meet one of the categories of exempt film or computer game types as defined in the tables below.

Exempt films

Item Type Description
1 Business A film of a promotional, technical or similar nature for use in the course of a business or trade.
2 Accounting A film for use in the keeping or verification of accounts.
3 Professional A film of a promotional, technical or similar nature for use in the course of a profession.
4 Scientific A film for use pursuant to a branch of knowledge conducted on objective principles involving the systemised observation of, and experiment with, phenomena.
5 Educational A film whose main purpose is for training, instruction or reference, as a manual, a lesson, an encyclopaedia or a guide.
6 Current affairs A film wholly or mainly comprising news reports or information about, or analysis of, current issues or events of public interest or importance.
7 Hobbyist A film wholly or mainly comprising a documentary record of a hobby or activity.
8 Sporting A film wholly or mainly comprising a documentary record of a sporting event.
9 Family A film wholly or mainly comprising a documentary record of a family event or activity.
10 Live performance A film wholly or mainly comprising a documentary record of a live artistic performance or that is used within such a performance.
11 Musical presentation A film wholly or mainly comprising a musical presentation.
12 Religious A film wholly or mainly comprising a documentary record of a religious event or activity.
13 Community or cultural A film wholly or mainly comprising a documentary record of a community or cultural activity or event.
14 Social sciences A film wholly or mainly comprising information about, or analysis of, subjects referring to the social sciences.
15 Natural history A natural history film, or any film depicting wholly or mainly natural scenery.

 

Social sciences means the following fields (as defined in Section 5C):

  1. economics
  2. geography
  3. anthropology, or
  4. linguistics.

Exempt computer games

Item Type Description
1 Business Software for use in the course of a business or trade.
2 Accounting Software for use in the keeping or verification of accounts.
3 Professional Software for use in the course of a profession.
4 Scientific Software for use pursuant to a branch of knowledge conducted on objective principles involving the systemised observation of, and experiment with, phenomena.
5 Educational Software whose main purpose is for training, instruction or reference, as a manual, a lesson, an encyclopaedia or a guide.

 

Database checks

You need to check the Classification database to check that the film or computer game has not been previously classified.

 

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