Classification of Publications Act 1991 - Queensland

Description

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.

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

Lodgement

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

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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

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

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