How it all works
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.
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
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.