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National Classification Code (March 2005)

Authoritative Version
Codes & Codes of Practice as made
The National Classification Code is made under the Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995, which establishes the principles upon which classification decisions for films, computer games and certain publications are made.
Administered by: Attorney-General's
General Comments: The National Classification Code comes into effect with the joint agreement of all State and Territory and Commonwealth Ministers responsible for censorship. The Code commenced on 17/03/2005.
Exempt from sunsetting by the Legislative Instruments Act 2003 s 54(1)
Registered 01 Apr 2005
Tabling HistoryDate
Tabled HR10-May-2005
Tabled Senate10-May-2005
Date ceased to have effect 27 May 2005
Ceased by National Classification Code (May 2005)

 

 

NATIONAL CLASSIFICATION CODE

 

Classification decisions are to give effect, as far as possible, to the following principles:

 

(a)     adults should be able to read, hear and see what they want;

(b)     minors should be protected from material likely to harm or disturb them;

(c)     everyone should be protected from exposure to unsolicited material that they find offensive;

(d)     the need to take account of community concerns about:

(i)      depictions that condone or incite violence, particularly sexual violence; and

(ii)      the portrayal of a person in a demeaning manner.

 

PUBLICATIONS

 

Publications are to be classified in accordance with the following Table:

 

Description of publication

Classification

1.    Publications that:

(a)   describe, 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

(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

(c)   promote, incite or instruct in matters of crime or violence.

 

RC

2.    Publications (except RC publications) that:

(a)   explicitly depict sexual or sexually related activity between consenting adults in a way that is likely to cause offence to a reasonable adult; or

(b)   depict, describe or express revolting or abhorrent phenomena in a way that is likely to cause offence to a reasonable adult and are unsuitable for a minor to see or read.

 

Category 2 restricted

3.    Publications (except RC publications and Category 2 restricted publications) that:

(a)   explicitly depict nudity, or describe or impliedly depict sexual or sexually related activity between consenting adults, in a way that is likely to cause offence to a reasonable adult; or

(b)   describe or express in detail violence or sexual activity between consenting adults in a way that is likely to cause offence to a reasonable adult; or

(c)   are unsuitable for a minor to see or read.

 

Category 1 restricted

4.    All other publications.

 

Unrestricted

 

FILMS

 

Films are to be classified in accordance with the following Table:

 

Description of film

Classification

1.    Films that:

(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

(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

(c)   promote, incite or instruct in matters of crime or violence.

 

RC

2.    Films ( except RC films ) that:

(a)   contain real depictions of actual sexual activity between consenting adults in which there is no violence, sexual violence, sexualised violence, coercion, sexually assaultive language, or fetishes or depictions which purposefully demean anyone involved in that activity for the enjoyment of viewers, in a way that is likely to cause offence to a reasonable adult; and

(b)   are unsuitable for a minor to see.

 

X

3.    Films (except RC films and X films) that are unsuitable for a minor to see.

 

R

4.    Films (except RC films, X films and R films) that depict, express or otherwise deal with sex, violence or coarse language in such a manner as to be unsuitable for viewing by persons under 15.

 

MA

5.    Films (except RC films, X films, R films, MA films) that cannot be recommended for viewing by persons who are under 15.

 

M

6.    Films (except RC films, R films, X films, MA films and M films) that cannot be recommended for viewing by persons who are under 15 without the guidance of their parents or guardians.

 

PG

7.    All other films.

 

G

 

COMPUTER GAMES

 

Computer games are to be classified in accordance with the following Table:

 

Description of computer game

Classification

1.    Computer games that:

(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

(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

(c)   promote, incite or instruct in matters of crime or violence; or

(d)   are unsuitable for a minor to see or play.

 

RC

2.    Computer games (except RC computer games) that depict, express or otherwise deal with sex, violence or coarse language in such a manner as to be unsuitable for viewing or playing by persons under 15.

 

MA (15+)

3.    Computer games (except RC and MA (15+) computer games) that cannot be recommended for viewing or playing by persons who are under 15.

 

M (15+)

4.    Computer games (except RC, MA (15+) and M (15+) computer games) that cannot be recommended for viewing or playing by persons who are under 8.

 

G (8+)

5.    All other computer games.

 

G