Review of the National Classification Scheme Announced
21 December 2010
|Attorney-General Robert McClelland and Minister for Home Affairs Brendan O’Connor will
|ask the Australian Law Reform Commission to conduct a review of classification in Australia
|in light of changes in technology, media convergence and the global availability of media
|“As Australia’s foremost law reform institution the ALRC is well suited to lead this important
|work. The Commission previously conducted an inquiry into laws relating to classification
|and censorship in 1991,” Mr McClelland said.
|Minister for Home Affairs Brendan O’Connor said current classification categories would be
|considered as part of the review.
|“It has become increasingly clear that the system of classification in Australia needs to be
|modernised so it is able to accommodate developments in technology now and in the future,”
|Mr O’Connor said.
|“When the National Classification Scheme began, classifiable content and the way it was
|delivered to consumers was relatively static.”
|“Today, films can be watched in a cinema, on DVD, on TV or downloaded. Many video
|games include significant film segments to tell stories, and some films have interactive
|content. The National Broadband Network will increase this ready access to classifiable
|“People, particularly parents, need a system of classification in Australia that allows them to
|make informed choices about what they wish to read, see and hear,” Mr O’Connor said.
|“This important review will look not only at classification categories, but also at the whole
|classification system to ensure it continues to be effective in the 21st century.”
|The National Classification Scheme is a cooperative scheme between the Commonwealth and
|the States and Territories.
|The Attorney-General’s Department is seeking comments on the proposed terms of reference
|for the review. The proposed terms of reference can be found at www.classification.gov.au.
|Any comments should be provided by 28 January 2011.