A reconsideration is where the Classification Office re-examines a publication, and either alters or confirms the previous classification decision on the publication.
Applications for reconsideration of a classification decision are usually made for older decisions, ones where more than 3 years has passed since the classification was made.
Where less than 3 years have passed since the decision was made, the applicant will need to show that (in the case of a film), the film has been substantially altered since the decision; or the Chief Censor will need to be satisfied that there are special circumstances justifying a reconsideration of the decision.
Those with an automatic right to apply for a reconsideration
Owners, makers, or authorised distributors of a publication do not need to seek the leave of the Chief Censor to submit a publication for reconsideration. There are different fees depending on the medium of the publication.
The application should include:
- A copy of the publication to be reconsidered.
- A reconsideration submission application form.
- The correct fee.
- A covering letter (optional) outlining why you want the publication reconsidered.
- If the three year time period has not elapsed you should explain either how the film has been altered; or any special circumstances justifying reconsideration.
Completed applications should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Members of the public and others
People who are not the owner, maker, or authorised distributor must seek the leave of the Chief Censor before they can submit a publication for reconsideration.
There are different fees depending on the medium of the publication and whether the applicant has a commercial/professional interest in having the publication classified.
To request a reconsideration, click here.