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


You will be required to apply for a classification if you intend to produce a film, publication or computer game for release or sale to the general public. All films, videos, computer games and blu-ray or DVDs for public exhibition offered for sale or hire or made available in amusement arcades are required to be classified for their primary content and any additional advertising material.

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 making a decision 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 from the Agency, please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type


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

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to receive a classification you must:

  • Apply in writing, including a signature by or on behalf of the applicant;
  • If applying for classification of a film, provide a written synopsis of the film in English including a summary of the plot and any incidents depicted by the film;
  • If applying for classification of a television series, provide an assessment of the television series prepared by an authorised television series assessor;
  • If applying for classification of a computer game, provide a copy of the game if it is practical to do so;
  • If applying for classification of a computer game, provide the title of the game, the year of production, the name of the publisher, a description of game play and the country of origin; and
  • Provide with your application a copy of the publication, computer game, film or video.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


Variable depending on the item to be classified.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application Sole Trader, Partnership, Company, Trust, Co-operative, Incorporated Association, Other

Please consult the Contact Officer for information on fees to be submitted.

Administering agency

Department of Communications and the Arts

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

General Enquiries

Operating address: 38 Sydney Avenue
Australian Capital Territory 2603
Mailing address: GPO BOX 2154
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Phone: 02 6271 1000
Phone: 1800 254 649