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Classification review to commence in 2020

The Government has announced a review of Australia’s classification regulation to develop a framework that reflects today’s digital environment and community needs.

The review will seek to update Australia’s classification scheme to reflect the digital environment. It will cover delivery platforms including broadcasting services, online stores and services, cinema releases and physical media (boxed video games and DVDs).

The review will also cover the National Classification Code, the Guidelines for the Classification of Films and the Guidelines for the Classification of Computer Games, which are used to make classification decisions.

Much has changed since the current scheme was established in 1995, with the internet and streaming services changing the way we access and consume content. The review will develop a scheme that reflects modern content and delivery platforms, meeting the needs of industry while providing appropriate information and protections for Australians.

The review will be led by Mr Neville Stevens AO and will commence in early 2020.

We encourage you to have your say on the future scheme when the consultation period opens.

The Department of Communications and the Arts will release a discussion paper for public comment in early 2020.

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