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28 August 2014 – Bill to streamline classification system passed

28 August 2014—Bill to streamline classification system passed

Legislation for a faster, more reliable and cost effective classification of content such as mobile and online games was passed through Federal Parliament today.

The Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Amendment (Classification Tools and Other Measures) Act 2014 (Classification Act) amends the Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995 to implement a number of 'first tranche' reforms that were agreed to by Commonwealth, state and territory classification ministers.

These first tranche reforms are based on a number of recommendations of the Australian Law Reform Commission's review of the National Classification Scheme, and represent the first step towards a scheme that it is better equipped to meet the needs of industry and consumers in the digital age.

Once the legislation is enacted, other reforms will include:

  • removing the need for reclassification when minor changes are made to computer games, such as software updates or bug fixes
  • 3D films will not require classification again when converted from 2D format or vice versa
  • film festivals will no longer need permission from the Director of the Classification Board to screen unclassified films provided the organisers and the events have been accredited under the Classification Act
  • films that feature content about natural history or the social sciences (economics, geography, anthropology and linguistics) will no longer need to be classified.

The full media release is available from the Minister for Justice website.