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from 5:00pm Monday 24 December until Tuesday the 1 January 2019 inclusive.
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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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Classification compliance information.
How it all works
How it all works
How it all works.

Step 1

Why do I need to do this?

General rules

Most films, whether local or imported, have to be classified before they can be sold, hired or distributed in Australia.

The exceptions are:

  • If a film has been previously classified in Australia, irrespective of how long ago or whether it was classified for public exhibition or on a home video format, then it does not need to be reclassified provided there has been no changes made to the film.
  • Conversions from colour to black and white (and vice versa), from 2D to 3D (and vice versa), from analogue format to digital format (and vice versa), colour grading, visual effects or audio level changes, or omitting footage or audio does not require classification again provided it is not likely to cause the film to be given a different classification rating.
  • Some films may be exempt from classification requirements—please see Exemptions for more information.

For further information about these exceptions and to which films they apply to, see Modified Films—legal changes January 2018.


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