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The Classification Board and Classification Review Board are government-funded organizations which classify all films that are released for public exhibition. The Exempt classification can be used to rate special programs, given that they do not exceed the constraints of the PG classification.

Unrestricted / AdvisoryEdit

Exempt from Classification (E)Edit

Exempt from classification. Films that are exempt from classification must not contain contentious material (i.e. material that would ordinarily be rated M or higher).

General (G)Edit

There are no age restrictions. Everyone is allowed to view the film. Some G-classified films may contain content that is not of interest to children. The content is very mild in impact.

Parental Guidance (PG)Edit

Parental guidance is recommended. Contains content that cannot be recommended for viewing by children under 15 without the guidance of their parents or guardians. The content is mild in impact.

Mature (M)Edit

Recommended for mature audiences. Contains content that cannot be recommended for viewing by children under 15. The content is moderate in impact.

RestrictedEdit

Mature Accompanied (MA 15+)Edit

Contains content (sex, violence, or coarse language) in such a manner as to be unsuitable for viewing by people under 15. People under 15 years must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian. People under 15 years cannot buy MA15+ classified material unless when accompanied by a parent or adult guardian. A person may be asked to show proof of age before hiring or purchasing an MA15+ film. The content is strong in impact.

Restricted (R 18+)Edit

Restricted to 18 years and over (unsuitable for a minor to see). A person may be asked for proof of their age before purchasing, hiring or viewing an R18+ film at a retail store or cinema. Some R18+ films may cause offence to sections of the adult community. The content is high in impact.

Restricted (X 18+)Edit

Restricted to adults. Films with this rating have pornographic content, containing only unsimulated sex. However, depictions of sexual violence, coercion and "sexually assaultive" language are not permitted at the X18+ category. Films classified X18+ are banned from being sold or rented in all Australian states and are only legally available for sale or hire in Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory. However, importing X18+ material from the two territories to any of the Australian states is legal. The content is sexually explicit in impact.

Other classificationsEdit

Refused Classification (RC)Edit

Banned from sale or hire in Australia; also generally applies to importation (if inspected by and suspicious to Customs). Private Internet viewing is unenforced and attempts to legally censor such online material has resulted in controversy. Films are rated RC if their content exceeds the guidelines. Classification is mandatory, and films that are Refused Classification by the ACB are legally banned for sale, hire or public exhibition. The content is very high in impact. This includes extreme impact violence, most fetish material, extremely explicit sex scenes, and repeated illegal drug use within explicit sex scenes. Examples of films that have been Refused Classification are Baise-moi (2002) and A Serbian Film (2010).

Films that:

  • 1 (a). depict, express or otherwise deal with matters of sex, drug misuse or addiction, crime, cruelty, violence or revolting or abhorrent phenomena in such a way that they offend against the standards of morality, decency and propriety generally accepted by reasonable adults to the extent that they should not be classified; or
  • 1 (b). describe or depict in a way that is likely to cause offence to a reasonable adult, a person who is, or appears to be, a child under 18 (whether the person is engaged in sexual activity or not); or
  • 1 (c). promote, incite or instruct in matters of crime or violence

Check the Classification (CTC)Edit

Films that have advertising approval, but have not yet been classified. "This film has advertising approval. Check the classification closer to the released date" is usually written on the marking.

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Ratings Advice Australia Commercial Public Information Video

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