Classification of Publications Act 1991 - Queensland

Service summary

The Act regulates the classification of publications.

The Act provides for the classification of publications

The following Subordinate Legislation should be examined:

  • Classification of Publications Regulation 1992
  • Classification of Publications (Approved Distributors) Code of Conduct 1992
  • Classification of Publications (Sellers) Code of Conduct 1992

The following Guides or Booklets are available:

  • Guidelines for the Classification of Publications 2005 is available from the Australian Classification website.

Service type

Regulatory Obligation

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

Definition of terms


a book, paper, magazine or other written or pictorial matter.

Additional information

In Queensland only publications classified as unrestricted may be distributed.  Other States/Territories allow material classified as restricted but this is prohibited in Queensland.


Appeal process


Compliance Mechanisms and Penalties:

Inspectors appointed under the Act have the powers of entry, search and seizure of publications, or other evidence, after obtaining a warrant from a Magistrate or if directed by the Publications Classification Officer.

Offences against the Act may be prosecuted in Court.

A distributor who discovers that a prohibited publication has been distributed must take immediate steps to recall it.

Review or Appeal Mechanisms:

The Act provides for the adoption of publications classifications made by the Commonwealth Classification Board.

The Publications Classification Officer may classify publications which have not been previously classified and may also exempt publications or photographs of a medical, educational or scientific nature, or which are to be used for such purposes.

These decisions may be appealed to the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

Administering agency

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

Contact details

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


02 9289 7100


02 9289 7101

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
Queensland 4000
Mailing address:
PO Box 149
Brisbane Adelaide Street
Queensland 4001


07 3239 3466


07 3239 3046

Supporting information


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