To give effect to the Commonwealth Government scheme for the classification of films.
The Act provides for the enforcement of the classification decisions made by the Commonwealth Classification Board and prohibits the publication of certain films.
It regulates various matters including the exhibition, sale, hire, possession, advertising and making of certain films.
The Act further sets out the enforcement provisions including offences and penalties for breaches of the Act.
The following are available from the Australian Classification website.
- Guidelines for the Classification of Films
- A range of fact sheets for industry and retailers on the operations of the national Classification Scheme
- Information on film festivals.
An obligation defined in law. A business must comply with relevant services.
Definition of terms
a cinematograph film, slide, videotape and video disc
any other form of recording from which a visual image can be produced together with its soundtrack.
It does not include:
a computer game
a computer program
an advertisement for a computer game, film or publication
an exempt film.
- Objectionable film
a film classified X or RC; or
a film that
is not classified, or has become unclassified under the Commonwealth Act; and
if it were classified, would be classified X or RC.
Enquiries relating to film classification should be directed to Australian Classification.
Compliance Mechanisms and Penalties
Inspectors, have powers of investigation and enforcement under the Act. These include entry and search of premises and seizure of evidence in certain circumstances.
Failure to comply with the requirements of the Act may be an offence and may be prosecuted in court. Fines or imprisonment may be imposed where offences are proved.
Review or Appeal Mechanisms
In relation to decisions made by the Commonwealth Classification Board (including classification decisions), an application for review may be made to the Commonwealth Classification Review Board.
In relation to the Queensland Act, an organization may apply to the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal for a review of certain decisions under the Act.
Department of Justice and Attorney-General
Policy, Legislation and Executive Services Division
Strategic Policy Branch
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