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2012 changes to the Classification Act

2 October 2012

From 1 October 2012 there are several changes to the Films, Videos, and Publications Classification Act 1993, and the Films, Videos, and Publications Classification Regulations 1994.

Changes include:

The register of decisions is electronic from 1 October

The register of classification decisions for decisions made on or after 1 October 2012 must be established and maintained in an electronic medium.

The register page of each classification decision will be made available to the public in electronic form as a pdf from the NZ Register of Classification Decisions.

The monthly List of Decisions is no longer required

The monthly List of Decisions is no longer required - this will impact on applications for applying for a review of decisions to the Board of Review.

From 1 October 2012, the Classification Office will stop producing a monthly List of Decisions (LOD). The last list produced will be the September list which will be published on 9 October 2012. For decisions appearing in the September 2012 LOD, the deadlines for applications for review are:

  • 7 November - to seek leave to submit a publication for review (for those without an automatic right of review, eg, members of the public).
  • 21 November - to submit a publication for review (eg, owner, maker, distributor).

After 1 October 2012, the date of registration of the classification decision is the date from which the review period is measured. This means:

  • An application for leave to submit a publication for review must be received within 20 working days of the date of registration of the decision.
  • An application for review must be received within 30 working days of registration.

If you have any questions about seeking a review of a publication, contact the Information Unit or the Film and Literature Board of Review.

Changes to labelling

There is now provision for labels to be printed directly onto slicks and posters. Digital labels can be obtained by contacting the Film and Video Labelling Body.

For more information about the classification system contact our Information Unit.