Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) (Markings and Consumer Advice) Determination 2014

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Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) (Markings and Consumer Advice) Determination 2014
Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995
I, Michael Keenan, Minister for Justice, make the following instrument under section 8 of the Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995.
10 December 2014
Michael Keenan
Minister for Justice
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Contents
Part 1                     Preliminary                                                                                       
                        1     Name                                                                                                4
                        2     Commencement                                                                                4
                        3     Revocation                                                                                        4
                        4     Transitional                                                                                       4
                        5     Objective                                                                                          5
                        6     Application                                                                                       5
                        7     Definitions                                                                                        5

Part 2                     Markings for films and computer games                                         
                        8     Markings for films and computer games                                           8

Part 3                     Display of markings for publications, films and computer games
Division 1        General
                        9     Display of markings and consumer advice                                       9
                      10     Placement of markings                                                                      9
                      11     Visibility of markings                                                                       9
                      12     Format and proportion of markings                                                  9

Division 2        Requirements for display of markings
                      13     Display of markings for publications, films and computer games   10
                      14     Compliance with Advertising Determination                                   10
                      15     Display of markings for an advertisement for a classified film or computer game           10
                      16     Display of markings for an advertisement for a classified publication      11
                      17     Cross promotions                                                                            11
 
Part 4               Further transitional provisions
 18     Limited exemption to 15(1)(c) where person incapable of adding         12 content to an advertisement on a screen
 19     Expiry of this Part                                                                            12
 
Schedule 1              Markings for films and computer games
                 Part 1     Interpretation                                                                                  13
                 Part 2     Classification characters, symbols and descriptions                        15
                 Part 3     Classification symbol boxes and classification description boxes   16
                 Part 4     Alternative classification symbol boxes — MA 15+ and R 18+      18
                 Part 5     Examples of combination boxes                                                     19
Schedule 2              Markings for publications
                 Part 1     Interpretation                                                                                  20
                 Part 2     Markings                                                                                         20
Schedule 3              Classification legislation in force before 1 January 1996            22
 
 
Part 1                              Preliminary
  
1              Name
                This determination is the Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) (Markings and Consumer Advice) Determination 2014.
2              Commencement
                This determination commences on the 11 December 2014.
3              Revocation
                This determination revokes the Classification (Markings for Films and Computer Games) Determination 2007, the Classification (Markings for Certified Exempt Films and Computer Games) Determination 2007, and the Classification (Markings for Publications) Determination 2007. 
4              Transitional
         (1)   A film or computer game that was classified before the day this determination commences complies with the markings determined for that film or computer game if its markings, and the manner in which the markings are displayed, are in accordance with:
                (a)    this determination; or
               (b)    for a film or computer game classified on or after 1 July 2007 — the Classification (Markings for Films and Computer Games) Determination 2007; or
                (c)    for a film or computer game classified on or after 26 May 2005 — the Classification (Markings for Films and Computer Games) Determination 2005; or
               (d)    for a film or computer game classified on or after 1 January 1996 — the determination under section 8 of the Act that applied on the day the film or computer game was classified; or
                (e)    for a film or computer game classified before 1 January 1996 — the legislation (Commonwealth, State or Territory) that applied on the day the film or computer game was classified.
         (2)   A publication that was classified before 11 December 2014 complies with the markings determined for that publication if its markings, and the manner in which the markings are displayed, are in accordance with:
                (a)    this determination; or
               (b)    for a publication classified on or after 1 January  2008:
                          (i)    the Classification (Markings for Publications) Determination 2007 as in force on 1 July 2007; or
                         (ii)    the Classification (Markings for Publications) Determination 2007 as in force on 1 February 2008; or
                (c)    for a publication classified on or after 1 September 1999:
                          (i)    the Classification (Markings for Publications) Determination 2007 as in force on 1 July 2007; or
                         (ii)    the Classification (Markings for Publications) Determination 2007 as in force on 1 February 2008; or
                        (iii)    the Determination of Markings for Publications, made under section 8 of the Act on 18 August 1999; or
               (d)    for a publication classified on or after 31 October 1996 — the determined markings published in the Commonwealth of Australia Gazette No. GN 38 dated 25 September 1996.
Note   Schedule 3 lists classification legislation that was in force before 1 January 1996.
5              Objective
                The objective of this determination is to ensure that consumers have ready access to clear classification information to inform their choices about publications, films and computer games.
6              Application
                This determination applies in relation to publications, films and computer games classified on or after 11 December 2014.
Note   Complementary classification enforcement laws may include requirements concerning the display of classification markings and consumer advice relating to classified publications, films and computer games.
7              Definitions
                In this determination:
Act means the Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995.
Advertising Determination means the Classification (Advertising of Unclassified Films and Computer Games Scheme) Determination 2009.
classification means:
                (a)    for a publication — a classification mentioned in subsection 7(1) of the Act; and
               (b)    for a film — a classification mentioned in subsection 7(2) of the Act; and
                (c)    for a computer game — a classification mentioned in subsection 7(3) of the Act;
classification character, for a classification mentioned in an item in Part 2 of Schedule 1, means the character set out in column 3 of the item.
classification description, for a classification mentioned in an item in Part 2 of Schedule 1, means the description set out in column 5 of the item.
classification description box, for a classification mentioned in an item in Part 3 of Schedule 1, means the 2‑dimensional box set out in column 6 of the item.
classification symbol, for a classification mentioned in an item in Part 2 of Schedule 1, means the symbol set out in column 4 of the item.
classification symbol box, for a classification mentioned in an item in Part 3 of Schedule 1, means any of the:
                (a)    classification symbol square; and
               (b)    classification symbol rectangle; and
                (c)    classification symbol rectangle component;
applicable to the item.
classification symbol rectangle, for a classification mentioned in an item in Part 3 of Schedule 1, means the rectangle set out in column 4 of the item.
classification symbol rectangle component, for a classification mentioned in an item in Part 3 of Schedule 1, means the rectangle set out in column 5 of the item.
classification symbol square, for a classification mentioned in an item in Part 3 of Schedule 1, means the square set out in column 3 of the item.
combination box means a 2‑dimensional box comprising, on the left, the applicable classification symbol rectangle component, and, on the right, the consumer advice determined in relation to the film or computer game concerned.
Note   Part 5 of Schedule 1 contains examples of combination boxes.
complementary classification enforcement laws mean a provision of any of the following:
                (a)    Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) (Enforcement) Act 1995 of the Australian Capital Territory;
               (b)    Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Enforcement Act 1995 of New South Wales;
                (c)    Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) (Enforcement) Act 1995 of Victoria;
               (d)    Classification of Films Act 1991 of Queensland;
                (e)    Classification of Publications Act 1991 of Queensland;          
                (f)    Classification of Computer Games and Images Act 1995 of Queensland;
                (g)    Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995 of South Australia;
               (h)    Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Enforcement Act 1996 of Western Australia;
                (i)    Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Enforcement Act 1995 of Tasmania;
                (j)    Classification of Publications, Films and Computer Games Act of the Northern Territory.
consumer advice, for a publication, film or computer game, means the consumer advice determined in relation to the publication, film or computer game under section 20 of the Act.
consumer advice box, for a film or computer game, means a 2‑dimensional box that is part of a combination box and contains the consumer advice for the film or computer game.
Note   Part 5 of Schedule 1 contains examples of combination boxes.
physical product means a physical item on which a publication, film or computer game, or an advertisement for a publication, film or computer game, is recorded, stored, contained, or printed for the purpose of retail distribution or presentation to a consumer.
Examples of physical products
1   disc
2   container for a disc
3   memory stick
4   poster
5   magazine
6   activation card
7   a title board for a computer game that is available for play in a public place
Note 1   The following words and expressions used in this determination are defined in section 5 of the Act: advertisement, classified, and film.
Note 2   Computer game is defined in section 5A of the Act.
Part 2                              Markings for films and computer games
8              Markings for films and computer games
         (1)   For paragraph 8(1)(a) of the Act, the classification markings for films and computer games are the following:
                (a)    the classification character;
               (b)    the classification symbol;
                (c)    the classification symbol square;
               (d)    the classification symbol rectangle;
                (e)    the classification symbol rectangle component;
                (f)    the classification description;
                (g)    the classification description box;
               (h)    the combination box;
prescribed for that classification by this determination.
 
 
Part 3                              Display of markings for publications, films and computer games
Division 1                        General
9              Display of markings and consumer advice
                For section 8 of the Act, markings and consumer advice for films and computer games and markings and any consumer advice for publications must be displayed in accordance with this Part.
Note 1   Subsections 7(2) and (3) of the Act set out the classifications for films and computer games in ascending order of restriction.
10            Placement of markings
         (1)   Where practicable, a marking must be displayed:
                (a)    on the lower left corner of the front face of the thing on which it is displayed; or
               (b)    in close proximity to the title of the publication, film or computer game.       
         (2)   For a ‘Category 1 Restricted’ publication or a ‘Category 2 Restricted’ publication contained in opaque packaging material, both the publication and the packaging must display the classification markings.
11            Visibility of markings
         (1)   A marking must be displayed so that the marking is:
                (a)    prominent, readily identifiable and clearly legible; and
               (b)    easily distinguishable from the background and any other information or moving image with which the marking is displayed.
         (2)   A marking must not be obscured by other material.
         (3)   A marking that is displayed on a screen must be displayed for a period of time that is sufficient to allow the marking to be read in full.
12            Format and proportion of markings
                A marking that is required to be displayed must be:
(a)        for a film or computer game — in the format and proportions shown in Schedule 1.
(b)       for a publication — in the format and proportions shown in Schedule 2.
 
                                      
Division 2                        Requirements for display of markings
13            Display of markings for publications, films and computer games
         (1)   A classified film or computer game must display:
(a)        the marking that applies to the film or computer game; and
(b)       the consumer advice relating to the film or game.
Note   Schedule 1 shows the classification markings for films and computer games.
         (2)   A classified publication must display the classification marking that applies to the publication and any consumer advice.
Note   Schedule 2 shows the classification markings for publications.
         (3)   Any marking or consumer advice that is required to be displayed under subsection 13(1) or subsection 13(2) must be displayed:
(a)        if the publication, film or computer game is a physical product — on the physical product; or
(b)       if the publication, film or computer game is not a physical product or if, considering the size and type of the physical product, it would not be practicable to display the classification in accordance with paragraph 13(3)(a)  — before the point of purchase of the publication, film or computer game; or
Note  The point of purchase for a film includes the point of purchase of tickets to film screenings.  
(c)        if it is not practicable to display the marking before the point of purchase — before the point of access to the publication, film or computer game.     
14            Compliance with Advertising Determination
                Despite anything in this Division, an advertisement for a film or a computer game must comply with the Advertising Determination if:
                (a)    the advertisement displays the message; and
               (b)    the film or the computer game has not been classified X 18+ or RC.
15            Display of markings for an advertisement for a classified film or computer game
         (1)   Markings for advertisements for classified films and computer games must be displayed in the following manner:
                (a)                a printed advertisement for a film or computer game must display the combination box or, if the combination box would not be legible,  the classification symbol square or classification symbol rectangle that applies to the film or computer game;
               (b)    a printed advertisement for multiple films or computer games must display:
                          (i)    the markings in accordance with section 15(1)(a); and
                         (ii)    a legend that lists all classifications and the classification descriptions;
 
                (c)    A still or moving image that advertises a film or computer game on a screen (including an online advertisement) must display:
 
                          (i)    the combination box or, if the combination box would not be legible, the classification symbol rectangle or classification symbol square applicable to the film or computer game; and
                         (ii)    the consumer advice relating to the film or game; 
(d)       A physical product that contains only advertisements for 1 or more films or computer games must display:
(i)         the combination box or, if the combination box would not be legible, the classification symbol square or classification symbol rectangle that applies to the film or computer game that has the highest classification; and
(ii)       if the title of any of the films or computer games for which the physical product contains an advertisement is listed on the back of the physical product:
   (A)       next to the title of each film or game, the classification symbol square or classification symbol or classification character applicable to the film or computer game; and
   (B)       if practicable, the consumer advice relating to the film or computer game.
         (2)   Subsection 15(1) does not apply to an advertisement for a film or computer game that is in the form of a window cling, a display bin or a standee.
16            Display of markings for an advertisement for a classified publication
                In a printed advertisement for a classified publication, the markings shall be:
                (a)    the markings set out in Part 2 of Schedule 2; and
               (b)    the markings shall be increased or reduced in size and scale, along with the rest of the material included in the advertisement; and
                (c)    the markings shall remain in proportion to that material included in the advertisement based upon the publication’s front cover scale.
17            Cross promotions
         (1)   This section applies to an advertisement:
                (a)    for a product that is not a film or computer game; and
               (b)    that includes:
                          (i)    a reference to a film or computer game; and
                         (ii)    a reference to the film or computer game being available for viewing, playing, sale or hire.
         (2)   The advertisement must display the markings required under this Subdivision as if the advertisement were an advertisement for the film or computer game.
 
 
 
 
Part 4                              Further transitional provisions
18             Limited exemption to 15(1)(c) where person incapable of adding content to an advertisement on a screen
If the person to whom the requirement to display either a combination box or consumer advice under paragraph 15(1)(c) is incapable of adding to the content of the advertisement, the display of the classification symbol rectangle or classification symbol square applicable to the film or computer game will be sufficient to comply with the paragraph.
19             Expiry of this Part
This Part expires on 11 December 2015 as if it had been repealed by another legislative instrument.
 
 
Schedule 1                       Markings for films and computer games
Part 1                Interpretation
1.01         Meaning of markings required under paragraph 13(1)(a)
                A marking that is required to be displayed under paragraph 13(1)(a) means:
(a)        the combination box that applies to the film or computer game; or
(b)       if the combination box would not be legible, the classification symbol rectangle or classification symbol square; or
(c)        if the classification symbol rectangle or classification symbol square would not be legible, the classification symbol or classification character.
1.02         Indicated markings do not include black background
                In this Schedule, a marking that is superimposed on a black background does not include the black background.
1.03         Colour of classification symbol boxes and classification description boxes not displayed on screens    
                A classification symbol box or classification description box must be:
                (a)    if the display is in colour — coloured in accordance with the CMYK values mentioned in column 7 of Part 3 of Schedule 1, or column 5 of Part 4 of Schedule 1 (whichever is applicable), for the applicable classification; and
               (b)    if the display is in black and white — either:
                          (i)    coloured in accordance with the CMYK values mentioned in column 7 of Part 3 of Schedule 1, or column 5 of Part 4 of Schedule 1 (whichever is applicable), for the applicable classification; or
                         (ii)    in black and white.
1.04         Colour of classification symbol boxes and classification description boxes displayed on screens
                A classification symbol box or classification description box that is displayed on a screen, must be coloured in accordance with the RGB values mentioned in column 8 of Part 3 of Schedule 1, or column 6 of Part 4 of Schedule 1 (whichever is applicable), for the applicable classification.
1.05         Font for classification symbol
                A classification symbol must be in FF Din Bold font.
1.06         Font for text in consumer advice boxes and classification description boxes
         (1)   Text that is displayed in a consumer advice box must be printed in black Univers condensed regular type on a white background.
Note   Part 5 of Schedule 1 contains examples of combination boxes.
         (2)   A classification description displayed in a classification description box, must be printed in Univers condensed regular type.
 
 
Part 2                Classification characters, symbols and descriptions
 
Item
Classification
Classification character
Classification symbol
Classification description

1
G
G
General

2
PG
PG
Parental guidance recommended

3
M
M
Recommended for mature audiences

4
MA 15+
MA 15+
Not suitable for people under 15. Under 15s must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian

5
R 18+
R 18+
Restricted to 18 and over

6
X 18+
X 18+
Restricted to 18 and over

Part 3                Classification symbol boxes and classification description boxes
 
Item
Classification
Classification symbol square
Classification symbol rectangle
Classification symbol rectangle component
Classification description box
CMYK values
RGB values

1
G


C 80
M 0
Y 100
K 0
R 51
G 160
B 44

2
PG


C 0
M 0
Y 100
K 0
R 255
G 255
B 0

3
M


C 100
M 0
Y 0
K 0
R 0
G 160
B 198

4
MA 15+


C 0
M 100
Y 100
K 0
R 255
G 0
B 0

5
R 18+


C 0
M 0
Y 0
K 100
R 0
G 0
B 0

6
X 18+


C 0
M 0
Y 0
K 100
R 0
G 0
B 0

Part 4                Alternative classification symbol boxes — MA 15+ and R 18+
 
Item
Classification
Alternative classification symbol square
Alternative classification symbol rectangle
CMYK values
RGB values

1
MA 15+

C 0
M 100
Y 100
K 0
R 255
G 0
B 0

2
R 18+

C 0
M 0
Y 0
K 100
R 0
G 0
B 0

 
Part 5                Examples of combination boxes
Division 5.1       2 lines of consumer advice

Division 5.2       3 or 4 lines of consumer advice

Division 5.3       5 lines of consumer advice

 
 
 
 
Schedule 2                       Markings for publications
Part 1                Interpretation
1.01         Indicated markings do not include black background
                In this Schedule, a marking that is superimposed on a black background does not include the black background.
Part 2                Markings
The marking for a publication classified Unrestricted is as follows:
 
 
For Unrestricted publications with the consumer advice ‘M (Mature) — Not Recommended for Readers under 15 Years’, the marking is as follows:
 
 
 
The marking for a publication classified Category 1 Restricted is as follows:
 
 
The marking for a publication classified Category 2 Restricted is as follows:
 
 
Schedule 3                       Classification legislation in force before 1 January 1996
(section 4, note)
  
 
Item
Legislation

1
Film and Computer Games Classification Act 1984  of New South Wales

2
Indecent Articles and Classified Publications Act 1975 of New South Wales

3
Classification of Films and Publications Act 1990 of Victoria

4
Classification of Films Act 1991 of Queensland

5
Censorship of Films Act 1947 of Western Australia

6
Video Tapes Classification and Control Act 1987 of Western Australia

7
Classification of Films for Public Exhibition Act, 1971 of South Australia

8
Films Act 1971 of Tasmania

9
Classification of Publications Act 1984 of Tasmania

10
Film Classification Act 1971 of the Australian Capital Territory

11
Classification of Publications Ordinance 1983 of the Australian Capital Territory

12
Classification of Publications and Films Act 1979 of the Northern Territory