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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.

Step1

Before applying

Account setup for new applicants

If you don't have an account with us, you will need to set one up before you can apply.

You can apply for an account online via the classification portal.

Further information including the user guide is available from our classification portal page.

Alternatively, you will find the downloadable forms you need to apply and contact information in this guide.

Any applications or payments you send in may be delayed until your account is set up.

Account maintenance for existing applicants

If you are an existing client and your business contact details have changed, you need to tell us about the changes.

Similarly, existing applicants can update their details via the classification portal or via the downloadable form.

To request a user ID and password, email portal@classification.gov.au.

Database checks

You need to check the Classification database to see whether any of the material you will be submitting has been classified before.

Screening date and format

You will need to contact the Public Exhibition Client Liaison Officer to book a screening date for the film. You should make the booking as early as possible.

As a rule you should make a booking as soon as you know the availability of the media, as screening times are in high demand at certain times of the year and can be booked out several weeks ahead. In any case you should not attempt to make a booking less than one week ahead of your preferred screening date.

You will need to arrange to provide the film in either DCP, 35mm, DVD, or Zone B compatible BluRay formats. We cannot accept other E-cinema formats. Please contact the Public Exhibition Client Liaison Officer to obtain details required to generate DCP keys.

Security of material

Security measures in place for films submitted for classification include:

  • material received and despatched by the Classification Branch is recorded and all material is stored in a secure area with restricted access
  • DCPs received are secure as KDMs only allow a film to be screened on a particular projector for a limited time.

Attendance at screenings

Screenings of public exhibition films are restricted to the Classification Board members and the projectionist.

The Classification Act states that up to four representatives of the applicant may attend the screenings, subject to the approval of the Director of the Classification Board. If you wish to attend the screening of your film, you need to make that request when booking the screening and nominate the individual to attend. Screenings will not be delayed if the nominated representative is late or advises that they can no longer attend.

Classification applies to all formats unless modified

Films only need to be classified once, and can be exhibited across multiple formats as long as there is no addition, modification or deletion of content. For example a classification granted to a workprint version does not apply to a finished version with completed credit listings and VFX shots. The finished version will need to be classified in its own right.

There are exemptions to the requirement to classify a modified film when the modifications only consist of:

  • conversion of a film classified in 2D to 3D and vice versa, or
  • conversion of a film classified on analogue format to digital format and vice versa, or
  • conversion of a film classified in black and white to colour and vice versa.

provided the modifications are not likely to cause the film to be given a different classification to the original film.

 

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