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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.

Step 1—In what state or territory are you conducting business?

In what state or territory are you conducting business?

There are rules that apply to advertising classified films. These include:

  • DVDs that are classified G, PG, M, MA 15+ or R 18+ may be advertised in all states and territories
  • You must display the film’s classification on most advertising material
  • Films that have been Refused Classification (RC) cannot be advertised in Australia
  • DVDs must not be marked with a classification when they have not been classified, or with a different classification to that determined by the Classification Board or Classification Review Board

Classification requirements are similar in each of the states and territories, but there are important differences. These rules include:

  • Restrictions apply to screening trailers for MA 15+ and R 18+ films in a public place in the Australian Capital Territory, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory
  • DVDs classified X 18+ can only be advertised in the ACT and NT, provided certain conditions are met, i.e. the advertisement is only available in an area restricted to people 18 and older, and the advertisement is published in a publication in sealed packaging and marked with a warning about explicit content
  • In South Australia and Western Australia, restrictions apply on the display of R 18+ DVDs

The information in this section is provided as a general guide only. You should refer to the relevant state or territory classification legislation for detailed information.


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