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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

Classification Law

There is a Commonwealth Act that sets out how the Classification Scheme operates - the Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995

The scheme operates as a cooperative scheme between all the States and Territories of Australia.

Enforcement of the scheme is covered by a Classification Enforcement Act for each State and Territory.

Classification Categories

​The Classification Code sets out the different classification categories.

The Code is agreed to by the Ministers with responsibility for classification matters.

X 18+ - RestrictedR 18+ - RestrictedMA 15+ - Mature AudiencesM - MaturePG - Parental guidanceG - GeneralCheck the Classification 

Classification process

Classification Board

Classification Branch

Classification Review Board

  • ​makes classification decisions about films, computer games and publications under the Classification Act and the Broadcasting Services Act for internet content
  • makes decisions about film festivals, fee waivers and other items for the Public Good 
  • ​manages the application process for both Boards
  • handles complaints
  • administers the Classification Liaison Scheme
  • makes decisions about applications for review; these replace the original Classification Board decisions 

Compliance

The scheme is monitored to protect the general public from breaches of the code. Compliance of the scheme is done by the States and Territories

The Classification Liaison Scheme is used to make sure that industry - retail shops, video stores, online sellers, wholesalers, etc. - are following the rules and getting products classified, only selling products that are classified, and that products are showing the correct classification markings. When breaches are found, action is taken to educate retailers, or for serious breaches, the State or Territory police are advised, who take action.