Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Enforcement Act 1995 No 63

Currency

As amended to Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2017 (No 22). Commenced 7 July 2017. Current to 14 August 2018.

Jurisdiction

Section 57(1): Proceedings for an offence under this Act may be dealt with summarily before the Local Court or by the Supreme Court in its summary jurisdiction.

Section 57(2): If proceedings are brought in the Local Court, the maximum penalty that the Local Court may impose is 100 pu or imprisonment for 2 yrs or the maximum penalty provided by this Act in respect of the offence (whichever is less).

Evidence

Section 58: Certificate signed by Director/Deputy Director or Convenor is prima facie evidence.

Commencement of proceedings

Section 59: Proceedings for an offence under this Act in relation to a film, publication or computer game that is unclassified at the time of the alleged offence:

(a) 

are not to be commenced until:

(i) 

the film, publication or computer game has been classified, or

(ii) 

the accused, by notice under s 58A, agrees that the publication, film or computer game if classified would have been the classification agreed, and

(b) 

are not to be commenced later than 12 months after the date on which:

(i) 

the film, publication or computer game was classified, or

(ii) 

the accused returned the notice under s 58A,

whichever is relevant.

Costs

Section 60: Court may order offender to pay costs, to include fee incurred by prosecution for classification of materials and for provision of certificate under s 87 of the Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995 (Cth).

Corporate offence

Section 62: Director or person concerned in the management of the corporation who aids, abets, counsels or procures, induces, conspires, knowingly concerned in, or party to, the commission of the corporate offence, incurs the maximum penalty for the corporate offence if committed by an individual.

SECTION DESCRIPTION PENALTY (MAX)
6 Sell or exhibit a film classified RC or X (18+) or an unclassified film if the film is subsequently classified  

G

PG

M

MA (15+) or R (18+)

RC or X (18+)

Corp 5 pu; Indiv 1 pu

Corp 10 pu; Indiv 5 pu

Corp 20 pu; Indiv 10 pu

Corp 100 pu; Indiv 50 pu

Corp 100 pu*; Indiv 100 pu or 12 mths

7 Sell or exhibit classified film under different title, etc Corp 100 pu*; Indiv 100 pu
8 Fail to display notice about classifications Corp 10 pu; Indiv 5 pu
9(1) Sell, etc RC or X (18+) film to minor if so classified, or if unclassified, when if classified would be RC or X (18+) Corp 100 pu*; Indiv 100 pu* or 2 yrs
9(2) Sell, etc R (18+) film to minor if so classified, or if unclassified, when if classified would be RC or X (18+) Corp 100 pu*; Indiv 100 pu
9(4) Sell, etc MA (15+) film to minor under 15 yrs Corp 100 pu; Indiv 50 pu
10 Parent permits minor to attend RC, X (18+) or R (18+) film 20 pu
11 Minor over 15 yrs buys, or attends RC, X (18+) or R (18+) film 5 pu
12(1) Publicly exhibit R (18+) film in presence of minor Corp 100 pu; Indiv 50 pu
13(1) Publicly exhibit MA (15+) film in presence of minor under 15 yrs Corp 20 pu; Indiv 10 pu
14(1) Privately exhibit RC or X (18+) film in presence of minor 100 pu
14(2) Privately exhibit R (18+) film in presence of minor 50 pu
15(1)–(3) Fail to display determined markings, etc Corp 100 pu; Indiv 50 pu
16(1) Keep unclassified, RC or X (18+) films with other films Corp 100 pu*; Indiv 100 pu
17(1) Leave RC or X (18+) films in a public place, or private premises without owner’s permission Corp 100 pu*; Indiv 100 pu or 12 mths
18(1), (2) Possess, copy, RC or X (18+) film for sale or exhibition Corp 100 pu*; Indiv 100 pu or 12 mths
19(1)(a) Sell or deliver (a) a submittable publication or (b) a publication classified RC —  

Category 1 restricted

Category 2 restricted

RC

Corp 50 pu; Indiv 20 pu

Corp 100 pu; Indiv 50 pu

Corp 100 pu*; Indiv 100 pu or 12 mths

64 Regulations may be prescribed  

Search warrants

55(2) Authorised officer may issue search warrant  

Forfeiture

56 Forfeiture following seizure. Thing seized must be returned within 90 days, unless proceedings commenced for an offence. The Local Court may order forfeiture.
61 Forfeiture of films, publications and computer games on conviction  
*

Maximum penalty in the Local Court: s 57(2).