Registration to Sell Restricted Publications - Western Australia


You will need this registration to sell or distribute restricted publications in Western Australia. Publications are classified according to the National Classification Code. Certain publications are restricted to adults because they contain material which may cause offence or is unsuitable for a person under the age of 18. There are two classes of restricted classification:

  • category 1 - generally includes sexualised nudity
  • category 2 - shows actual sexual activity between consenting adults and may only be sold on adult-only premises.

Publications include any written or pictorial material, such as:

  • magazines
  • newspapers and periodicals
  • calendars
  • books
  • cards.

Your application must specify each of the premises at which you intend to sell or distribute restricted publications. Additional premises can be added to your registration on request.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this registration you must:

  • be a fit and proper person to be registered
  • provide any required information.

If you intend to apply for this registration as a body corporate, the applicant must meet the above eligibility criteria.

Registration will generally be available unless you, or a person involved in the management of your business, has previously been convicted of an offence which makes you unsuitable for registration.

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




Fees Details for this service in table format.

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


Act(s) name

Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Enforcement Act 1996 Western Australia

Regulation(s) name

Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Enforcement Regulations 1996 Western Australia

Approval time

Approximately one week

Administering agency

Department of Justice

Contact details

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