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National Classification Code (May 2005)

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  • - F2005L01284
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The National Classification Code establishes the principles upon which classification decisions for films, computer games and certain publications are made.
Administered by: Communications and the Arts
General Comments: The National Classification Code (May 2005) was approved by Commonwealth, State and Territory Censorship Ministers on 29 July 2004. The Code commences on 26 May 2005.
Exempt from sunsetting by the Legislation Act 2003 s54(1)
Made 26 May 2005
Registered 26 May 2005
Tabled HR 01 Jun 2005
Tabled Senate 14 Jun 2005
National Classification Code

1.                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 persons in a demeaning manner.

 
 

Publications

2.                Publications are to be classified in accordance with the following table:

 

Item

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

3.                Films are to be classified in accordance with the following table:

 

Item

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 18+

3

Films (except RC films and X 18+ films) that are unsuitable for a minor to see

R 18+

4

Films (except RC films, X 18+ films and R 18+ 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 15+

5

Films (except RC films, X 18+ films, R 18+ films and MA 15+ films) that cannot be recommended for viewing by persons who are under 15

M

6

Films (except RC films, X 18+ films, R 18+ films, MA 15+ 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

4.                Computer games are to be classified in accordance with the following table:

 

Item

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

4

Computer games (except RC, MA 15+ and M computer games) that cannot be recommended for viewing or playing by persons who are under 15 without the guidance of their parents or guardians

PG

5

All other computer games

G