Classification of Films Act 1991 - Queensland

Service summary

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.

Service type

Regulatory Obligation

An obligation defined in law. A business must comply with relevant services.

Definition of terms

Film

Includes

  • 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

Means:

  • a film classified X or RC; or
  • a film that
    1. is not classified, or has become unclassified under the Commonwealth Act; and
    2. if it were classified, would be classified X or RC.

Additional information

Enquiries relating to film classification should be directed to Australian Classification.

 

Appeal

Appeal process

Lodgement

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.


Administering agency

Department of Justice and Attorney-General
Policy, Legislation and Executive Services Division
Strategic Policy Branch

Contact details

Classification Officer
Department of Justice and Attorney-General
Policy, Legislation and Executive Services Division
Strategic Policy Branch


Operating address:
Level 17, State Law Building, 50 Ann Street
Brisbane
Queensland 4000
Mailing address:
PO Box 149
Brisbane Adelaide Street
Queensland 4001

Phone:

07 3239 3466

Fax:

07 3239 3046
classification@justice.qld.gov.au

Website:

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Classification Branch
Department of Justice and Attorney-General
Policy, Legislation and Executive Services Division
Strategic Policy Branch

Mailing address:
Locked Bag 3
Haymarket NSW 1240

Phone:

02 9289 7100

Fax:

02 9289 7101

Website:

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