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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.

I want to sell a publication

I want to sell a publication - what are the rules?


Not all publications need to be classified. Only submittable publications (i.e. magazines, calendars, etc) must be classified by the Classification Board before they can be sold in Australia.

A 'submittable' publication is one that is likely to be restricted to adults because it:

  • contains depictions or descriptions likely to cause offence to a reasonable adult,
  • is unsuitable for a minor to see or read, or
  • is likely to be refused classification.

A submittable publication can only be sold in the form and under the same title that it was classified.

Submittable publications that are imported into Australia must be classified before you can sell them (whether retail or wholesale) as classifications or ratings from overseas do not apply in Australia.


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