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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.


Classification processing

Processing time

A classification decision will be made within 20 working days after your application has been recommended to the board.

If we have any problems with your application, a Client Liaison Officer will contact you directly.

While you have active applications, you will receive a daily email showing the status of all your applications and their expected due dates. This information is accurate at the time the email is sent, and is subject to change.

Decision notification

We will notify of the decision by emailing you a copy of the classification certificate.

Decisions are published on the National Classification Database the day after application processing is complete.

Turnaround times

Before the processing time starts, Client Liaison Officers must make sure your application is complete and valid before it is recommended to the board. The time these checks take is referred to as ‘administration time’.

For a standard application, administration time is no more than five (5) working days.

The Operations section always work to keep administration time to a minimum, but you need to consider the maximum times listed above, and how these may impact if you have a tight timeframe for receiving your decision.

The times mentioned in processing time only start once these checks are complete and the application has been recommended to the board.

Further information and appealing the decision and audits

You can ask a Client Liaison Officer for a copy of the board's reasons for decision.

If you disagree with the board's decision, you can apply for a review to the Classification Review Board, an independent review body.  

Serial Declaration audits

The board may audit a periodical covered by a Serial Declaration by obtaining copies from the marketplace and assessing their compliance with the terms of the Serial Declaration. This usually happens at least once during the period covered by a Serial Declaration.

If the board believes that the issue being audited exceeds the conditions of the Serial Declaration, they will invite the original applicant to provide a submission about why the declaration should not be revoked.

If the board proceeds with the revocation then, starting from the date the declaration is revoked, no more issues of the periodical can be released under that declaration.


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