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2018

  • Recruitment
    23 August 2018
    The Department of Communications and the Arts has commenced a recruitment process for several positions as Members of the Classification Review Board.
  • We Happy Few classified R 18+ upon review
    3 July 2018
    A three-member panel of the Classification Review Board has unanimously determined that the computer game We Happy Few is classified R 18+ (Restricted) with the consumer advice 'Fantasy violence and interactive drug use'.
  • Modifications of Films—new exceptions come into effect
    25 January 2018
    The Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) (Modifications of Films) Instrument 2015 was amended on 25 January 2018. This means that the rules for when a modified film needs to be submitted for classification have changed.

2017

  • Christmas and New Year closure
    21 December 2016
    The Classification Board, Classification Review Board and Classification Branch will be closed from 23 December 2017 to 1 January 2018 inclusive.
  • Jigsaw classified MA 15+ upon review
    20 October 2017
    A three-member panel of the Classification Review Board has unanimously determined that the film Jigsaw is classified MA 15+ (Mature Accompanied) with the consumer advice 'Strong themes and strong horror violence'. ...
  • 20 October 2017—Jigsaw classified MA 15+
    20 October 2017
    A three-member panel of the Classification Review Board has unanimously determined that the film Jigsaw is classified MA 15+ (Mature Accompanied) with the consumer advice 'Strong themes and strong horror violence'. ...
  • Vaxxed: from cover-up to catastrophe
    4 August 2017
    The article Cinema Chain lets anti-vax film show on page 6 of The Australian, 4 August 2017, implies that the film Vaxxed: from cover-up to catastrophe has been banned by the Australian Classification ...
  • Super Mario Odyssey
    14 July 2017
    There is some commentary about the classification of Super Mario Odyssey on Gamezone. ...
  • Classification fee review
    21 February 2017
    The Department of Communications and the Arts is conducting a review of the fees charged for classification services, including the provision of classification training. ...
  • Split classified M upon review
    25 January 2017
    A three-member panel of the Classification Review Board has unanimously determined that the film Split is classified M (Mature) with the consumer advice 'Mature themes, violence and occasional coarse language'. ...
  • IARC classification tool approved
    13 January 2017
    The Minister for Communications has approved the International Age Rating Coalition (IARC) tool for ongoing use in Australia following the successful completion of a 12-month pilot. The pilot was conducted...

2016

  • Christmas and New Year closure
    15 December 2016
    The Classification Board, Classification Review Board and Classification Branch will be closed from 24 December 2016 to 2 January 2017 inclusive. ...
  • 'Embrace' classified M upon review
    13 October 2016
    A three-member panel of the Classification Review Board has unanimously determined that the film Embrace is classified M (Mature) with the consumer advice 'Nudity'. ...
  • 'Blair Witch' classified MA 15+ upon review
    5 September 2016
    A three-member panel of the Classification Review Board has unanimously determined that the film Blair Witch is classified MA 15+ (Mature Accompanied) with the consumer advice 'Strong supernatural themes'. ...
  • 'X-Men: Apocalypse' classified M upon review
    18 May 2016
    A five-member panel of the Classification Review Board has unanimously determined that the film X-Men: Apocalypse is classified M (Mature) with the consumer advice 'Frequent action violence and infrequent coarse language'...

2015

  • 'Blinky Bill The Movie' classified G upon review
    10 September 2015
    A three-member panel of the Classification Review Board has unanimously determined that the film Blinky Bill The Movie is classified G (General) with the consumer advice 'Some scenes may scare very young children'...
  • The Classification Portal has arrived
    11 June 2015
    The Classification Branch has released a new Classification Portal for industry clients to submit their product for classification...
  • 'Boychoir' classified PG upon review
    4 March 2015
    A three-member panel of the Classification Review Board has unanimously determined that the film Boychoir is classified PG (Parental Guidance) with the consumer advice 'Mild bullying violence and themes'...

2014

  • 'Blended' classified PG upon review
    2 May 2014
    A three-member panel of the Classification Review Board has unanimously determined that the film Blended is classified PG (Parental Guidance) with the consumer advice 'Sexual references and crude humour'...

2013

  • Rampage classified MA 15+ upon review
    13 December 2013
    A three-member panel of the Classification Review Board has unanimously determined that the film Rampage is classified MA 15+ (Mature Accompanied) with the consumer advice 'Strong violence'. ...
  • Inside Llewyn Davis classified M upon review
    12 December 2013
    A three-member panel of the Classification Review Board has unanimously determined that the film Inside Llewyn Davis is classified M (Mature) with the consumer advice 'Frequent coarse language and mature themes'. ...
  • Classification Review announced for the film Rampage
    11 December 2013
    The Classification Review Board has received an application to review the classification of the film Rampage.
    Rampage was classified MA 15+ with the consumer advice 'Strong violence' by the Classification Board on 8 September 2009. ...
  • American Hustle classified M upon review
    5 December 2013
    A three-member panel of the Classification Review Board has unanimously determined that the film American Hustle is classified M (Mature) with the consumer advice 'Frequent coarse language'. ...
  • Classification review announced for 12 games
    7 November 2013
    The Classification Review Board has received applications to review the computer games Killer is Dead, Alien Rage, Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Blacklist, Deadly Premonition the Director's Cut, Company of Heroes 2, God Mode, ...
  • 'Saints Row IV' first computer game Refused Classification
    25 June 2013
    The Acting Director of the Classification Board, Mr Donald McDonald announced today that Saints Row IV was the first computer game in Australia to be Refused Classification under the Guidelines for the Classification of Computer Games that commenced on 1 January 2013. ...
  • 'Behind the Candelabra' classified M upon review
    20 June 2013
    A three-member panel of the Classification Review Board has determined that the film Behind the Candelabra is classified M (Mature) with the consumer advice 'Drug use, coarse language and sex scenes'. ...

2012

  • Christmas and New Year closure
    17 December 2012
    The Classification Board, Classification Review Board and Classification Branch will be closed from 257 December 2012 to 1 January 2013 inclusive... read more
  • New look Classification website
    1 November 2012
    Welcome to the new Classification Website. The new-look website has been designed with people who will use the site in mind...
  • Review of the National Classification Scheme—final report released
    20 April 2012
    On 1 March 2012, the final report of the Australian Law Reform Commission's (ALRC) review of the National Classification Scheme was tabled in Parliament. Developments in technology, media convergence and the global availability of media content informed the review...

2011

  • Release of draft guidelines for the classification of computer games
    4 November 2011
    Before the Guidelines for the Classification of Computer Games were considered at the meeting of the Standing Committee of Attorneys-General on 22 July 2011, an online survey on this website sought views on the introduction of an R 18+ category for computer games...