Guidelines for the Classification of Publications 2005 - Australian Government

Description

You may be required to comply with these guidelines if you intend to make a publication. A publication is any written or pictorial matter that isn't a film, computer game or advertisement of a film or computer game.

There are four types of classifications for publications. These are:

  • Unrestricted
  • Category 1 restricted
  • Category 2 restricted
  • Refused classification (RC).

Certain publications, whether they are locally made or come from overseas, have to be classified before they can be sold, distributed or advertised in Australia. When making its classification decisions, the Board is required to reflect contemporary community standards and must apply criteria which are set out in the National Classification Code (the Code).

The guidelines describe in more detail the scope and limits of material suitable for each classification category.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance (if any) that may be required.

Service type

Code of Practice

A code of practice can be either a legal requirement or non-legal requirement. Legal codes of practice are defined as a result of legislation. Non-legal codes of practice are defined by industry regulators and bodies.

Act(s) name

Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995 AG

Regulation(s) name

Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Regulations 2005 AG

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

Department of Communications and the Arts

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