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.


E 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).

G General. There are no age restrictions. Any age is allowed to view the film. The content is very mild in impact.


PG Parental guidance recommended for younger persons. There are no age restrictions. The content is mild in impact.

M Recommended for mature audiences 15 and older. There are no age restrictions. The content is moderate in impact. "Fuck" may be used if infrequent.


MA15+ Mature Audiences. Unsuitable for children younger than 15. Children younger than 15 years must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian. The content is strong in impact.

R18+ Restricted. Restricted to 18 years and over. Adults only, "no youths admitted". The content is high in impact.

X18+ Restricted to 18 years and over. Films with this rating have pornographic content. Films classified X18+ are banned from being sold or rented in all Australian states and are only legally available 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.

RC Refused Classification. 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. The content is very high in impact. This includes extreme impact violence,most fetish material,very frequent and exploitave use of c*nt,extremely explicit sex scenes,and repeated illegal drug use within explicit sex scenes. 

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