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Section 29 of the Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995, and State and Territory enforcement legislation, provide that an unclassified film or computer game cannot be advertised in Australia. The exception to this is an "eligible film" under section 31 of the Classification Act. This Instrument relates to the conditions for an eligible film, certificates of exemption and advertising conditions.
Administered by: Attorney-General's
Exempt from sunsetting by the Legislative Instruments Act 2003 s 54(1)
Registered 14 Dec 2005
Tabling HistoryDate
Tabled HR07-Feb-2006
Tabled Senate07-Feb-2006
Date of repeal 01 Jul 2009
Repealed by Classification (Advertising of Unclassified Films and Computer Games Scheme) Determination 2009

I, PHILIP MAXWELL RUDDOCK, Attorney-General, make this Instrument:

(a)   for the definition of eligible film in section 31 of the Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995; and

(b)   under subsection 33 (3) and section 35 of that Act.

Dated 28 November 2005

PHILIP RUDDOCK


Contents

Part 1                    Preliminary

                        1     Name of Instrument                                                                             3

                        2     Commencement                                                                                  3

                        3     Revocation of Classification (Eligible Films) Determination 2002              3

                        4     Definition                                                                                            3

Part 2                    Conditions for eligible films

                        5     Determination of condition — definition of eligible film                             3

Part 3                    Certificates of exemption for eligible films

                        6     Definitions                                                                                           4

                        7     Approval of number of certificates of exemption                                      4

                        8     Conditions for granting certificates of exemption                                     4

Part 4                    Conditions for use of advertising matter for unclassified films

                        9     Determination of conditions — use of advertising matter for unclassified films   5

                       10     Transitional                                                                                         5

Schedule 1             Conditions — use of advertising matter for unclassified films           6

Part 1                      Preliminary                                                                                         6

                      1.1     Application of Schedule 1                                                                     6

                      1.2     Definitions                                                                                           6

                      1.3     Explanation of what ‘TBC’ means                                                          6

Part 2                      Display of exemption message                                                             7

Division 2.1              Preliminary                                                                                         7

                      2.1     Display of exemption message                                                             7

                      2.2     Ceasing to display exemption message                                                 7

                      2.3     Screening of advertisements at screening of classified films                    7

Division 2.2              General requirements for display of exemption message                         8

                      2.4     Colour of long exemption message boxes on printed advertisements        8

                      2.5     Colour of long exemption message boxes displayed on screens              8

                      2.6     Colour for short exemption message                                                     8

                      2.7     Height and position of tickers                                                                8

                      2.8     Font for text in long exemption message box                                         9

                      2.9     Exemption messages to be legible                                                        9

                    2.10     Position of exemption message                                                            9

                    2.11     Format and proportion of long exemption message box                           9

Division 2.3              Specific requirements for display of exemption message                       10

                    2.12     Film directories                                                                                  10

                    2.13     Print advertising — newspapers, magazines, flyers and posters             10

                    2.14     Internet advertising                                                                             11

                    2.15     Moving image advertisements                                                             11

                    2.16     Advertisements shown on small screens                                              12

                    2.17     Long exemption message box                                                            12

 


Part 1                 Preliminary

  

1              Name of Instrument

                This Instrument is the Classification (Advertising for Unclassified Films) Instrument 2005.

2              Commencement

                This Instrument commences on 1 January 2006.

3              Revocation of Classification (Eligible Films) Determination 2002

                The Classification (Eligible Films) Determination 2002 is revoked.

4              Definition

                In this Instrument:

Act means the Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995.

Note   The following terms used in this Instrument are defined in section 5 of the Act: advertisement, Board, classified, Code, Director and film. Eligible film is defined in section 31 of the Act.

Part 2                 Conditions for eligible films

  

5              Determination of condition — definition of eligible film

                For the definition of eligible film in section 31 of the Act, the condition is that it is reasonable to expect that the film will be classified G, PG, M or MA 15+.

Note   The Code and the Guidelines for the Classification of Films and Computer Games set out the criteria for the different classification categories. Under section 9 of the Act, the Board must make classification decisions about films in accordance with the Code and Guidelines. The Code and Guidelines are available on the Internet: see www.frli.gov.au.

Part 3                 Certificates of exemption for eligible films

  

6              Definitions

                In this Part:

20th Century Fox means the distributor the registered name of which is, on 1 January 2006, 20th Century Fox Film Distributors Pty Ltd.

Buena Vista International means the distributor the registered name of which is, on 1 January 2006, Buena Vista International.

independent distributor means a distributor or exhibitor other than 20th Century Fox, Buena Vista International, Roadshow, Sony Pictures Releasing and United International Pictures.

Roadshow means the distributor the registered name of which is, on 1 January 2006, Roadshow Film Distributors Pty Ltd.

Sony Pictures Releasing means the distributor the registered name of which is, on 1 January 2006, Sony Pictures Releasing Pty Limited.

United International Pictures means the distributor the registered name of which is, on 1 January 2006, United International Pictures Pty Ltd.

7              Approval of number of certificates of exemption

                For subsection 33 (3) of the Act, the Board may, in a calendar year, grant no more than 110 certificates of exemption.

8              Conditions for granting certificates of exemption

         (1)   The Board may, in a calendar year, grant to a distributor mentioned in an item of the following table no more than the number of certificates of exemption mentioned in the item.

 

Item

Distributor

Number of certificates

1

20th Century Fox

16

2

Buena Vista International

17

3

Roadshow

18

4

Sony Pictures Releasing

16

5

United International Pictures

18

         (2)   The Board may, in a calendar year, grant a certificate of exemption to an independent distributor in relation to an eligible film if the total number of certificates granted to independent distributors in the calendar year does not exceed 25.

Note   The distributor or exhibitor of an eligible film may apply to the Board for a certificate of exemption in relation to the film for advertising purposes. Under paragraph 32 (2) (b) of the Act, an application for a certificate of exemption must be in a form approved by the Director. The application form sets out the information and materials that a distributor or exhibitor must submit to the Board with the application. The form is available from the Office of Film and Literature Classification or from its website: www.oflc.gov.au.

Part 4                 Conditions for use of advertising matter for unclassified films

  

9              Determination of conditions — use of advertising matter for unclassified films

                For section 35 of the Act, the conditions are the conditions set out in Part 2 of Schedule 1.

10            Transitional

         (1)   This section applies to the use of advertising matter in relation to an eligible film:

                (a)    in relation to which a certificate of exemption is granted before 1 January 2006; and

               (b)    that, on 1 January 2006, has not been classified.

         (2)   The use of advertising matter mentioned in subsection (1) complies with Part 2 of Schedule 1 to this Instrument if it complies with the requirements of Part 2 of Schedule 1 to the Classification (Eligible Films) Determination 2002, as in force immediately before 1 January 2006.


Schedule 1        Conditions — use of advertising matter for unclassified films

(section 9)

Part 1          Preliminary

1.1           Application of Schedule 1

                This Schedule applies to the use of advertising matter in relation to an eligible film in relation to which a certificate of exemption is granted on or after 1 January 2006.

1.2           Definitions

                In this Schedule:

exemption message means the short exemption message or the long exemption message.

long exemption message means the phrases:

                (a)    ‘This film has advertising approval’; and

               (b)    ‘Check the classification closer to the release date’.

long exemption message box means a 2-dimensional box that contains the long exemption message.

Note   The long exemption message box is shown in the table in clause 2.17.

short exemption message means ‘TBC’.

ticker, in relation to a screened image, means the area used to give information about the lack of classification of the film concerned.

1.3           Explanation of what ‘TBC’ means

         (1)   TBC stands for ‘to be classified’.

         (2)   A requirement in this Schedule to include an explanation of what ‘TBC’ means is satisfied if the following words are included in the explanation: ‘This film has advertising approval. Check the classification closer to the release date’.

Note   Explanations of what ‘TBC’ means may be required in relation to film directories and Internet advertising (see clauses 2.12 and 2.14).

Part 2          Display of exemption message

Division 2.1    Preliminary

2.1           Display of exemption message

         (1)   Subject to subclause (2) and clause 2.2, advertising matter must display an exemption message in accordance with this Part.

         (2)   The following need not display an exemption message:

                (a)    advertising matter in the form of a window cling, display bin or standee;

               (b)    a printed advertisement, for a film, that has an area of at least 300 cm2;

                (c)    an advertisement on the Internet that is contained within a rectangular area:

                          (i)    each side of which is less than 176 pixels long; and

                         (ii)    at least 2 sides of which are less than 128 pixels long.

Note   A printed advertisement, for a film, that has an area of at least 300 cm2 may display an exemption message in accordance with subclauses 2.13 (3) and (4).

2.2           Ceasing to display exemption message

                If an eligible film in relation to which a certificate of exemption has been granted is classified, advertising matter in relation to the film must cease to display an exemption message:

                (a)    for advertising matter in the form of a moving image on celluloid film — within 7 days (and preferably within 48 hours) after the person to whom the certificate was granted is notified of the classification; and

               (b)    for a printed advertisement that has an area of at least 300 cm2 — within 7 days (and preferably within 48 hours) after the person to whom the certificate was granted is notified of the classification; and

                (c)    for other advertising matter — within 48 hours after the person to whom the certificate was granted is notified of the classification.

Note   For markings for advertisements for classified films, see the Classification (Markings for Films and Computer Games) Determination 2005. The Determination is available on the Internet: see www.frli.gov.au.

2.3           Screening of advertisements at screening of classified films

         (1)   If it is reasonable to expect that an eligible film in relation to which a certificate of exemption has been granted will be classified M, advertising matter in relation to the film in the form of a moving image on celluloid film must not be made available by the distributor of the film for exhibition at a screening of a film classified G or PG.

         (2)   If it is reasonable to expect that an eligible film in relation to which a certificate of exemption has been granted will be classified MA 15+, advertising matter in relation to the film in the form of a moving image on celluloid film must not be made available by the distributor of the film for exhibition at a screening of a film classified G, PG or M.

Division 2.2    General requirements for display of exemption message

2.4           Colour of long exemption message boxes on printed advertisements

         (1)   This clause applies to a long exemption message box that is required to be displayed, or that is displayed under subclause 2.13 (3), on a printed advertisement for a film.

         (2)   The long exemption message box must be:

                (a)    if the advertisement is coloured — coloured in accordance with the CMYK or RGB values mentioned in the table in clause 2.17; and

               (b)    if the advertisement is black and white, or a combination of white and one colour:

                          (i)    coloured in accordance with the CMYK or RGB values mentioned in the table in clause 2.17; or

                         (ii)    black and white.

         (3)   For subparagraph (2) (b) (ii), the long exemption message box must be displayed in high contrast to the background on which it appears.

2.5           Colour of long exemption message boxes displayed on screens

                A long exemption message box that is required to be displayed in relation to an advertisement that is displayed on a screen must be coloured in accordance with the RGB values mentioned in the table in clause 2.17.

2.6           Colour for short exemption message

         (1)   A short exemption message that is required to be displayed on a printed advertisement for a film or on a directory setting out times for screening must be in white text on a black background or in black text on a white background.

         (2)   A short exemption message that is required to be displayed on an advertisement on the Internet for a film must be displayed in high contrast to the background on which it appears.

2.7           Height and position of tickers

         (1)   The height of a ticker that is required to be displayed on a screen must be at least the greater of:

                (a)    32 pixel lines; and

               (b)    5% of the height of the active screen area of the presentation format.

         (2)   A ticker that is required to be displayed on a screen must be displayed in the area of the screen commonly known as the title-safe area.

2.8           Font for text in long exemption message box

                The long exemption message that is displayed in a long exemption message box must be printed in black Univers condensed regular type.

Note   The long exemption message box is shown in the table in clause 2.17.

2.9           Exemption messages to be legible

                An exemption message that is required to be displayed, or that is displayed under subclause 2.13 (3), must be displayed:

                (a)    so that the message is clearly legible and the typeface and colours are prominent and easily distinguishable from any other information, diagram or moving image with which the message is displayed; and

               (b)    if the advertisement is displayed on the Internet or on a screen — for a period that is sufficient to allow the exemption message to be read in full.

Note   An exemption message that is required to be displayed on a screen must be displayed in accordance with clause 2.15 or 2.16.

2.10        Position of exemption message

         (1)   An exemption message that is required to be displayed, or that is displayed under subclause 2.13 (3), on a printed advertisement for a film:

                (a)    must appear in the lower left corner of the advertisement; and

               (b)    must not be obscured by other material displayed on the advertisement, by another advertisement, or by any other object or thing.

         (2)   If it is not practicable to comply with the requirement in paragraph (1) (a), the requirement is satisfied if the exemption message is displayed as close as practicable to the lower left corner.

2.11        Format and proportion of long exemption message box

                A long exemption message box that is required to be displayed, or that is displayed under subclause 2.13 (3), must be in the format and proportions shown in the table in clause 2.17.

Division 2.3    Specific requirements for display of exemption message

2.12        Film directories

         (1)   A printed, backlit or electronic guide or directory setting out times for the screening of films must include the short exemption message for each film in relation to which an exemption certificate has been granted and that is listed in the guide or directory.

         (2)   The short exemption message must appear following the title of the film and in text at least the same height as the title of the film.

         (3)   A printed guide or directory must include, in a key or legend for the guide or directory, in text at least 2 mm high, an explanation of what ‘TBC’ means.

         (4)   An electronic guide or directory (other than a guide or directory at a cinema) must include, where practicable, a key or legend, or a link to a key or legend, that includes an explanation of what ‘TBC’ means.

Note   See subclause 1.3 (2) in relation to an explanation of what ‘TBC’ means.

2.13        Print advertising — newspapers, magazines, flyers and posters

Area less than 75 cm2

         (1)   A printed advertisement, for a film, that has an area of less than 75 cm2 must display the short exemption message in text at least 5 mm high.

Area at least 75 cm2 and less than 300 cm2

         (2)   A printed advertisement, for a film, that has an area of at least 75 cm2 and less than 300 cm2 must display the long exemption message box:

                (a)    in a height of at least 10 mm; and

               (b)    in a width of at least 31 mm; and

                (c)    with text in a point size of at least 5.5.

Area at least 300 cm2

         (3)   A printed advertisement, for a film, that has an area of at least 300 cm2 may display the long exemption message box.

         (4)   If the distributor or exhibitor of a film decides to display the long exemption message box on a printed advertisement that has an area of at least 300 cm2, the long exemption message box must be displayed in at least the dimensions mentioned in the following table in relation to the area of the advertisement.

 

Item

Area of printed advertisement (cm2)

Dimensions of long exemption message box (mm)

Point size for text in long exemption message box

Height

Width

1

At least 300 and less than 1 245

15

47

8.25

2

At least 1 245 and less than 2 490

20

62

11

3

At least 2 490 and less than 4 990

30

93

16.5

4

At least 4 990 and less than 9 990

40

124

22

5

At least 9 990

50

155

27.5

2.14        Internet advertising

         (1)   An advertisement on the Internet for a film (other than an advertisement mentioned in subclause 2.15 (1) or (2)) must:

                (a)    display the long exemption message box; or

               (b)    both:

                          (i)    display the short exemption message; and

                         (ii)    if practicable, include a key or legend, or a link to a key or legend, that includes an explanation of what ‘TBC’ means.

Note   See subclause 1.3 (2) in relation to an explanation of what ‘TBC’ means.

         (2)   Subject to subclause (3), the exemption message required under subclause (1) must appear in the lower left corner of the advertisement or in another prominent location in or near the advertisement.

         (3)   If the advertisement includes both moving and still images, the exemption message must appear on the still image.

2.15        Moving image advertisements

Medium other than celluloid

         (1)   A moving image (other than on celluloid film), of not more than 60 seconds duration, that advertises a film must include:

                (a)    at the beginning of the advertisement — a moving image, shown for at least 3 seconds, that includes the long exemption message in a height of at least 15% of the height of the active screen area of the presentation format; or

               (b)    during the advertisement — a ticker, shown for at least 10 seconds, that includes the long exemption message.

         (2)   A moving image (other than on celluloid film), of more than 60 seconds duration, that advertises a film must include:

                (a)    at the beginning of the advertisement — a moving image, shown for at least 10 seconds, that includes the long exemption message in a height of at least 15% of the height of the active screen area of the presentation format; or

               (b)    during the advertisement — a ticker, shown for at least 10 seconds, that includes the long exemption message.

Celluloid

         (3)   A moving image on celluloid film, of not more than 60 seconds duration, that advertises a film must include, at the beginning of the advertisement, a moving image that includes the long exemption message, shown for at least 3 seconds.

         (4)   A moving image on celluloid film, of more than 60 seconds duration, that advertises a film must include, at the beginning of the advertisement, a moving image that includes the long exemption message, shown for at least 10 seconds.

2.16        Advertisements shown on small screens

         (1)   This clause applies to a moving image:

                (a)    that advertises a film; and

               (b)    that is shown on a screen with a presentation format of less than 300 pixel lines in height.

         (2)   The advertisement must:

                (a)    comply with subclause 2.15 (1) or (2); or

               (b)    include, as soon as practicable after the beginning of the advertisement, a still or moving image that includes the long exemption message in a height of at least 5% of the height of the active screen area of the presentation format.

2.17        Long exemption message box

         (1)   In this clause, a box that is superimposed on a black background does not include the black background.

         (2)   The long exemption message box is shown in the following table.

 

Item

Long exemption message box

CMYK values

RGB values

1

C 0

M 50

Y 100

K 0

R 255

G 127

B 0