As a result of the Administrative Arrangement Order introduced on 5 December 2019, the functions that were previously the responsibility of the Department of Communications and the Arts have been transferred to the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications as of 1 February 2020.
The Government has commenced a review of Australia’s classification regulation and is calling on all interested stakeholders and members of the public to have their say.
Much has changed since the current classification scheme was established in 1995, with the internet and streaming services changing the way we access and consume content.
The review is designed to update Australia’s classification scheme to reflect today’s digital environment and will cover delivery platforms including broadcasting services, online stores and services, cinema releases and physical media (boxed video games and DVDs).
Led by independent expert, Mr Neville Stevens AO, it will include consultation on the National Classification Code and the Guidelines for the Classification of Films and the Guidelines for the Classification of Computer Games, which are used to make classification decisions.
Reviewing the current regulation will help to develop a new classification scheme that reflects modern content and delivery platforms to meet the needs of industry while providing appropriate information and protections for Australians.
The consultation period is now open until 19 February 2020, 5pm (AEDT).