Games and Movie Classifications
The Australian Classification system advises consumers about the impact of a computer game or film's content,
as well as the most suitable audience for it.
Generally, all computer games or films for sale or hire in Australia must be classified by the Classification Board.
The G, PG and M classifications are advisory only and there are no legal age restrictions regarding the sale or hire of these computer games or films. Higher-level content, such as MA15+, is a legally restricted classification.
CTC - Check the Classification
Unclassified films and games can be advertised prior to classification. The message ‘Check the Classification’ or the letters ‘CTC’ is used to indicate that a game or film is yet to be classified.
G - General (Advisory Classification)
Computer games or films with a G classification have very mild content and are for general viewing/playing. While many G games or films cater for children, not all will be of interest to them.
PG - Parental Guidance Recommended (Advisory Classification)
Films and computer games with a PG classification have mild content and contain material that a parent or carer might need to explain to younger children.
M - Recommended for Mature Audiences (Advisory Classification)
Computer games and films with an M classification have moderate content and are not recommended for people under 15 years old, as a level of maturity is required.
MA15+ - Not Suitable for People Under 15 (Legally Restricted Classification)
Films and computer games with an MA15+ classification have strong content and are not suitable for people under 15 years old. A person under 15 years old cannot purchase or rent an MA15+ video game unless accompanied by their parent or an adult guardian*.
* The ‘guardian’ must be an adult (18 years or older) exercising ‘parental control’ over the person under 15 years of age. An older sibling or friend would not generally satisfy this requirement, whereas a grandparent, aunt or uncle may.
R18+ - The content is high in impact (Restricted)
R18+ material is restricted to adults. Such material may contain classifiable elements such as sex scenes and drug use that are high in impact. Some material classified R18+ may be offensive to sections of the adult community. A person may be asked for proof of their age before purchasing, hiring or viewing R18+ films and computer games at a retail store or cinema.