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1 July 2015 — Modifications of Films and Computer Games Legislative Instruments come into effect

1 July 2015: Modifications of Films and Computer Games Legislative Instruments come into effect

Modified Films

The Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) (Modifications of Films) Instrument 2015 came into effect on 1 July 2015.

The instrument covers a modification when:

  • a black and white film has been changed to colour in full or in part (or vice versa) or
  • an analogue film has been converted to digital format (or vice versa),

provided that it is not likely to cause the modified film to be given a different classification to the original film.

Such modified films do not have to be submitted for classification and take the same classification and consumer advice as the original classified film.

Modifications not covered by the instrument are a title change, adding footage or audio not in the original film or omitting footage or audio not in the original film. Such films are required to be submitted for classification. 

Modified Computer Games

The Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) (Modifications of Computer Games) Instrument 2015 came into effect on 1 July 2015.

The Games Instrument covers modifications of a computer game that are of a 'minor and/ or technical' nature as defined; does not have a material effect on the gameplay of the original game; does not change the title of the original game; and is not likely to cause a game, as modified, to be given a different classification to the original game.

Such modified films do not have to be submitted for classification and take the same classification and consumer advice as the original classified film. 

More information about these changes is available on the Fact Sheets page.

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