Classification of Computer Games and Images Act 1995 - Queensland

Description

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).

Service type

Regulatory Obligation

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

Additional information

Queensland legislation differs in its definition of computer images from that applied in other Australian jurisdictions.

Appeal process

Lodgement

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.

Administering agency

Department of Justice and Attorney-General

Policy, Legislation and Executive Services Division

Strategic Policy Branch

Contact details

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Classification Officer

Strategic Policy Branch

Policy, Legislation and Executive Services Division

Department of Justice and Attorney-General

Operating address: Level 17, State Law Building, 50 Ann Street
Brisbane
Queensland 4000
Mailing address: PO Box 149
Brisbane Adelaide Street
Queensland 4001
Phone: 07 3239 3466
Fax: 07 3239 3046
Website: Department of Justice and Attorney-General (Opens in new window)

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Classification Branch

Strategic Policy Branch

Policy, Legislation and Executive Services Division

Department of Justice and Attorney-General

Mailing address: Locked Bag 3
Haymarket NSW 1240
Phone: 02 9289 7100
Fax: 02 9289 7101
Website: Australian Classification (Opens in new window)