The Office of Film & Literature Classification
was introduced in the 1970's, and has fairly relaxed guidelines compared to
countries such as the United States when it comes to sex and coarse language. In
Australia, there are 6 classification categories for films, three of these are
advisory categories, and can
be viewed by anyone.
exhibition, these films are recommended for viewing by general audiences.
PG: Films where parental guidance is recommended for viewers under the
age of 15.
M: Films classified M, are recommended for mature audiences, generally
for viewers over the age of 15.
The other three classifications, are legally
restricted by law.
Those under the age of 15 cannot legally view MA films without their
guardian's consent. These films can contain coarse language, implication of
sexual activity, and strong themes.
R 18+: R rated films can contain pretty much anything, the only major
restriction for films under this classification, are that sexual activity can
only be realistically simulated.
X 18+: The only difference between X rated films, and R rated films,
are that only adult characters (in terms of both perceived and actual age) may
be used, and actual sexual activity can take place.
Films that cannot meet any of the guidelines
above, are Refused Classification. Distributing films under this
classification carries heavy penalties, including fines and jail. In Australia,
this is what you can expect to see on commercial network television in prime
3:30 - 7:30 pm: G classified
7:30 - 8:30 pm: PG classified programming.
8:30 - 9:30 pm: M classified programming.
With the exception of subscription TV channel,
World Movies, R classified films are not aired in Australia.
Office of Film & Literature Classification