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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.

Step 1 - What state or territory are you conducting business in?

In what state or territory are you conducting business?

There are rules that apply to selling submittable publications. These include:

  • Publications must show the classification and consumer advice they have been granted—there are specific rules about how these should be shown on the publication.
  • Publications that have been Refused Classification (RC) cannot be sold or hired in Australia.
  • Unrestricted publications do not generally need to be inside a sealed bag when they are available for sale, although the board can place a requirement for this as needed.
  • Category 1 Restricted publications must be sold and delivered in a sealed bag with the classification markings displayed prominently. If the bag is opaque, the markings must be both on the bag and on the publication.
  • Category 2 Restricted publications must be sold or delivered with the classification marking on the publication and delivered in opaque packaging.
  • Publications must not be marked with a classification when they have not been classified, or with a different marking 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:

  • In Queensland, it is illegal to sell Category 1 and Category 2 Restricted publications.
  • In the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Northern Territory, South Australia and Victoria, Category 2 Restricted publications can only be displayed and sold in a restricted publications area.
  • In Tasmania and Western Australia, Category 2 Restricted publications can be sold in an area that is not restricted, provided they meet certain conditions.
  • In Western Australia, a retailer must be registered with the WA Censorship Office before they can sell Restricted publications.

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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