Approved Classification Tool Certificate - Australian Government

Service summary

You may require this classification approval certificate if you intend to produce a film, publication or computer game for release to the general public.

If the Agency has approved a classification tool for any type of publication, film or computer game and it is used to produce a decision on the classification of your publication, film or computer game then you are required to apply for a certificate.

All films for public exhibition, videos and DVDs offered for sale or hire, and computer games offered for sale or hire or made available in amusement arcades are required to be classified for their primary content and any additional advertising material.

The following are taken into consideration when making a decision on a classification of a publication, film or computer game:

  • Standards of morality, decency and propriety generally accepted by reasonable adults
  • The literary, artistic or educational merit (if any)
  • The general character of the publication, film or computer game

        and

  • The target audience.

These requirements apply to all material intended for distribution in Australia.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type

Licence

A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

You must submit with your application:

  • A copy of the film, computer game or publication; and
  • The relevant application fee.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.

Duration

Unless revoked by the Agency, the classification is perpetual.

Fees

 TypeDescription
ApplyApplication

Please consult the Contact Officer for information on fees to be submitted.

Forms

 Resources
Apply

Application for Approved Classification Tool Certificate - Please consult the Contact Officer for information on forms to be submitted.

Administering agency

Department of Communications and the Arts

Act(s) name

Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995 (Australian Government)

Contact details

General Enquiries
Department of Communications and the Arts


Operating address:
38 Sydney Avenue
Forrest
Australian Capital Territory 2603
Mailing address:
General Post Office Box 2154
Canberra,Australian Capital Territory,2601
Australia

Phone:

1800254649

Phone:

02 62711000

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