To regulate the classification of computer games and images.
The Act provides for the adoption of computer games classifications made by the Commonwealth Classification Board.
It relates to classification of computer programs for home entertainment systems, computer software including disks, CD ROMS and images produced.
Section 56 of the Act provides for approved entities to demonstrate computer games.
The provisions of this Act apply to computer games distributed from 1 July 1995 and do not have retrospective effect except in respect to objectionable material.
The following Guides or Booklets are available:
Guidelines for the Classification of Computer Games (available from the Australian Classification website).
An obligation defined in law. A business must comply with relevant services.
Definition of terms
- Bulletin board
a system of electronically stored information accessible by computer through the telecommunications network.
- Computer game
a computer program and associated data, capable of generating a display on a computer monitor, television screen, liquid crystal display or similar medium; or a computer generated image; or an interactive film; but does not include a bulletin board; or an exempt computer game; or a film that is not an interactive film.
- Computer generated image
electronically recorded data capable, by way of an electronic device, of being produced on a computer monitor, television screen, liquid crystal display or similar medium as an image (including an image in the form of text).
- Computer program
a set of statements or instructions to be used directly or indirectly in a computer to bring about a certain result.
- Objectionable computer game
a computer game, or an advertisement for a computer game, that: describes, depicts, expresses or otherwise deals with matters of sex, drug misuse or addiction, crime, cruelty, violence or revolting or abhorrent phenomena, in a way that offends against standards of morality, decency and propriety generally accepted by reasonable adults; or depicts a person who is, or who looks like, a child under 16 years (whether the person is engaged in sexual activity or not) in a way likely to cause offence to a reasonable adult; or promotes, incites or instructs in matters of crime or violence; or is unsuitable for a minor to view or play; or for a computer game is classified RC; or for an advertisement is refused approval.
Queensland legislation differs in its definition of computer images from that applied in other Australian jurisdictions.
Compliance Mechanisms and Penalties
Authorised officers, including police officers, have powers to monitor and enforce compliance with the Act. These include entry of premises and search and seizure of evidence after obtaining a warrant from a Magistrate or if directed by the Computer Games Classification Officer.
Offences against the Act may be prosecuted in court. Substantial fines or imprisonment may be imposed for offences involving objectionable computer games.
Restrictions apply to the dealing (sale, demonstration, display) in computer games classified MA (restricted to persons aged 15 and over, unless accompanied by an adult).
Review or Appeal Mechanisms
The Computer Games Classification Officer has the authority to make classifications where no decision already exists.
An appeal against decisions of the Computer Games Classification Officer may be made to the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal.
An appeal against decisions by the Commonwealth Classification Board may be made to the Classification Review Board.
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Policy, Legislation and Executive Services Division
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