Applying for an exemption to access a restricted publication

You can apply to the Chief Censor for an exemption from classification under section 44 of the Films, Videos, and Publications Classification Act 1993.

An exemption allows you to legally access an objectionable publication or show a restricted film or publication to people under the age of the restriction.

The application must be accompanied by the required fee of $102.20. This fee is non-refundable if the application is declined.

Your application should explain the reasons for seeking the exemption (for example why you are wishing to use the particular film in question instead of one with a lower or no restriction).

You may also like to outline what steps you will be taking to mitigate the injury to the public good that the Classification Office identified when assigning the film its restriction.

Summaries of the Classification Office's reasons for its decisions are available from the Information Unit.

Click here to apply for an exemption.

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