The application process for classification is very similar for films, computer games and publications.
To find fees, file and other material requirements, delivery specifications, and other details, view the relevant sections:
- Classify a publication
- Classify a computer game
- Classify a film for cinema release
- Assessment of likely classification
- Classify a film for on-demand, DVD and Blu-ray including ACA and ATSA
Before you apply
Set up an account
Update your account
Have your details changed since you last lodged an application? If so, please update your account via the Classification Portal.
Check the classification
First, check the Classification Database to see if the film, computer game or publication has been classified before.
Films and computer games only require classification once, as long as there are no major content changes. For more information, see Modifications.
About the portal
The Classification Portal allows you to upload your content and submit your application online. Through the portal you can track your application’s progress, view account balances and make credit card payments.
Festivals and events can also be registered through the Classification Portal.
Uploading digital content
We recommend you upload your film and computer game content on the portal using Box. There is further information on Box available under ‘Downloads’ section at the bottom of this page.
Box provides a secure and easy option for submitting content. Please limit your file size to 5GB.
You can still provide physical copies of media if necessary.
Include full and final film credits.
Watermarks and timecodes
Watermarks and timecodes are not required. If included, they must:
- be small
- in one corner of the screen
- not obscure the content of the film
Watermarks and timecodes may be displayed at the:
Top left hand corner of the screen
Top right hand corner of the screen
Region codes for DVD and Blu-Ray disc must be for Australia:
- DVD - Region 4
- Blu-ray - Region B
USB keys used to deliver films must be formatted for Windows PC.
We process applications after the fees are paid.
Fees are different for every application.
In limited circumstances, you can make a request for a fee waiver
For some applications you can pay an additional fee of $420 to speed up the process. This takes a maximum of:
- two working days for administration
- five working days for processing
How to pay
You can pay online in the Classification Portal or by Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT).
You will be notified of the classification decision. A classification certificate will be issued and available for download from the Portal.
Classification decisions are published on the National Classification Database the day after a decision is made.
If you have let us know the national release date for your film, it will also be listed in Upcoming releases.
Timing for decisions:
- up to 25 working days for a standard application
- up to 7 working days for a priority application
Appeal the decision
Withhold a decision
If you require your classification decision to be withheld from being published on the National Classification Database, you can enter an embargo date in your application. You will need to provide a reason for withholding the decision and the date you would like the decision to be published.