Classification of Films, Videos, Publications and Computer Games - Australian Government


You will need to have classified any film, publication or computer game you produce and intend to release to the general public.

Any publication that is likely to exceed the guidelines for unrestricted publications or is considered to lie on the unrestricted / restricted border is required to be submitted for classification. This classification remains with the item regardless of ownership.

The following are taken into consideration when deciding 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
  • the target audience.

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

Please be aware that certain exemptions are available.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

Please contact the agency to identify any eligibility requirements.


As specified


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Fees will change depending on your circumstances. Please contact the agency for more information.

Act(s) name

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

Regulation(s) name

Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Regulations 2005 Australian Government

Application process


Each application will require different material to be produced depending on what format are seeking classification for. Details can be found on the attached resources.

Administering agency

Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts

Classification Board

Contact details

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