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Apply for a Fee Waiver

In limited circumstances, you may be eligible for fees to be waived.

To be eligible for a fee waiver, the content of the film, computer game or publication must meet the requirements of section 91 of the Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995.

The Classification (Waiver of Fees) Principles 2014 tells you what information you need to provide when applying for a fee waiver and what the Minister will take into consideration in making their decision. 

Check your eligibility

All or part of a fee may be waived if:

  • it is in the public interest to do so for public health or educational reasons; or
  • the applicant is:
    •  the Government of Australia or a State or Territory, or
    •  certain types of charities and not for profits; or
  • The content is special interest material with a limited distribution that is:
  • a documentary record of an event; or
  • of a cultural nature; or
  • a short film from a new or emerging film maker;

and, it is in the public interest to do so.

Which fees can be waived?

You can request that the Minister waive all or part of:

  • classification fees
  • fees for reviews of classification decisions
  • any other fees payable for an application made under the Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995

Submit your application

Your fee waiver application needs to include:

You can email the explanation and evidence of why your film fits the criteria for a fee waiver to the applications team at . There is no standard form, as what you need to include will vary depending on:

  • who is applying for the waiver
  • the nature and purpose of the content

You will need to submit your application for classification of your film, computer game, or publication via the external link:Classification Portal .

For assistance with your fee waiver application, please contact us at .

Fee waiver decision

Decision notification

A decision will be made as soon as possible, however, it can take a number of weeks.

We will phone or email you when the decision has been made. We will also notify you formally in writing within 28 days of the decision.

Appeal the decision

If you disagree with the decision, you can appeal to the external link:Administrative Appeals Tribunal.