We assess online content against the National Classification Scheme — the same scheme that applies to films, publications and computer games.

We give priority to serious content such as child sexual abuse material, pro-terrorist content and content that promotes, incites or instructs in crime or violence.This type of material is known as Refused Classification (RC) content and is prohibited online.

For example, RC content includes material containing:
  • child sexual abuse material
  • material that advocates the doing of a terrorist act
  • detailed instruction or promotion in crime or violence
  • instruction in paedophilic activity
  • gratuitous, exploitative and offensive depictions of violence or sexual violence.

Other types of material that are prohibited are detailed in the table below:

 

Classification category

Is content subject to a Restricted Access System?

Classified by the Classification Board

Assessed by the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner

RC

N/A

Prohibited

Potentially prohibited

X 18+

N/A

Prohibited

Potentially prohibited

R 18+

Yes

Not prohibited

Not potentially prohibited

No

Prohibited

Potentially prohibited

MA 15+

  • Not comprised of text and/or still images
  • Provided on payment of a fee
  • Provided for a profit
  • Provided by a mobile premium service.

Yes

Not prohibited

Not potentially prohibited

No

Prohibited

Potentially prohibited

MA 15+ (all other)

N/A

Not prohibited

Not potentially prohibited

G, PG, M

N/A

Not prohibited

Not potentially prohibited

Category 2 restricted (publication)

N/A

Prohibited

Potentially prohibited

Category 1 restricted (publication)

N/A

Prohibited

Potentially prohibited

Unrestricted (publication)

N/A

Not prohibited

Not potentially prohibited

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